Daniel Alves: Barcelona “confident” after 1-0 Derbi Barceloní victory against Espanyol
Defender Daniel Alves insists Barcelona are “confident” after their 1-0 Derbi Barceloní victory against Espanyol on Saturday.
A second half penalty from Lionel Messi was enough to secure the three points and ensure Gerardo Martino's side remain ahead of Real Madrid in the standings.
“It’s hard to win here because of who we play against,” said Alves, as reported by Football Espana.
“They apply a lot of pressure and they are intense in their approach to the game.
“We knew that it would be difficult. But I thought we played a great first half. We gave it our all.
“We’re doing well and we’re confident, but we know how hard it’s going to be.
“We are ready to fight until the end. We never lost our intensity, our rivals play football too – they are playing for their lives in this competition, it makes it all very difficult.
“Barça may not win all their games comfortably, sometimes we can, other times we cannot.”