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‘Tite is our captain’ says Dani Alves

Brazil captain Dani Alves says his role as skipper of the Seleção has not bee important and that all praise should go to coach Tite, after Brazil won the Copa América on home soil this weekend.

Alves won player of the tournament as the Seleção beat Peru in Sunday’s final in the Maracanã thanks to goals from Everton, Gabriel Jesus and a late Richarlison penalty.

It’s the 40th trophy of Alves’ career, but he insists the credit for this one belongs to the coach Tite. “I spoke before the captain of our boat is Tite.It is not me, it is not a player.

“I simply represent all the players. I will have the honour to raise the trophy in honour of our players who have struggled enough to be here and achieve our objective,” he told Globo.

He also praised the technical staff for their contribution, “Congratulations to the committee, they work hard, they are very worthy and deserving of all this.

“Congratulations to the players who grafted and fought to the end. We knew it was not going to be easy, it would not be a game like it was in the group phase.

“I knew that we would be ready for this reunion with Maracanã, I wanted to thank our fans as well, and today they connected with us, it's very special when we build something together.

"Maracanã's atmosphere is always special, here is our home. We were determined that we would play a game here and that we would win the trophy.”

 
 

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