Brazil full back Dani Alves: Germany defeat won’t stain our careersDani Alves has been poor in this World Cup
Dani Alves didn’t play against Germany in yesterday’s World Cup semi-final defeat but he has insisted the loss won’t stain the careers of the national team players.
Brazil were hammered 7-1 by Germany in Belo Horizonte, conceding five goals in the first half as they collapsed to exit the World Cup in embarrassing fashion.
However, the Barcelona defender believes the hosts fight in previous rounds and matches is what should be the overriding memory.
The unused substitute spoke to SporTV, and was quoted by Goal.com, he said: "No, I don't believe it is a stain on our careers.
"It won't be stained by a single match, or by the elimination. Our fight, and where we reached, nothing can stain this.”
The 31-year-old went on to state that the Brazil squad are champions, he added: "Football isn't just about one match.
“Competitions are made to compete, to try to go as far as you can. We were eliminated today, but in this group, there are only champions.”
The comments from the experienced Brazilian are sure to receive a mixed reaction, with a less candid approach expected.
Alves will hope to get the opportunity to put the wrongs of Tuesday right at the weekend, though, as Brazil look to win the 3rd/4th place play-off match.