Dani Alves slams Man City: You lack Barcelona history and class

Barcelona fullback Daniel Alves has taken aim at Champions League opponents Manchester City.
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Barcelona fullback Daniel Alves has taken aim at Champions League opponents Manchester City.

Alves is no fan of buying success and believes the Barca way of nurturing their own young stars is the best model.

He told the Sunday People: “City have good players – but they will never be Barcelona. They are a modern football club built on big transfer fees – but at Barcelona there is a history and class that dates back a long way.

“So much of Barcelona’s success is ­because of players who have come through the club’s youth system, La Masia, and I think ideally that is what every football club wants to achieve.

“We know we have a big test coming up against Manchester City – and we expect two very tough games.

“They have very good international players in every position – and we will need to play well if we are to progress in a competition that means so much to everybody at Barcelona.

“They are not easy to beat in Manchester – but not one Barcelona player will be thinking about getting a draw. We will play to win.”

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