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It is official and is ready to go. Dani Alves, the Brazilian right-back is coming back to FC Barcelona. And those are not small words to write. Five years ago Dani left Barcelona at the top of his game, and he now returns with 38 years old and with Barça at its lowest level in years. But is the coming back of the Brazilian what Xavi needs to make his team compete again?
Is a tough question to answer. Let’s clear the facts first. Without any doubt, Dani Alves is one of the best right-backs to ever step foot on a soccer field. No matter if it was with Barça, Sevilla, Juventus, or Brazil, Alves has always been a menace for the opponent, and he has brought top performances for all of the teams he has played with. There is a reason he is the most awarded soccer player in history, with 43 different trophies in his back. But Dani does have a handicap and is his age and where he is coming from.
It can be argued that players like Cristiano Ronaldo or Gianluigi Buffon have been performing quite regularly despite their age, and past their “prime”. It can be argued the same with Alves. who just won the past summer the gold medal in Tokyo with Brazil. The difference between Alves with the likes of Cristiano or Buffon is that he is coming back to Barcelona from playing in Brazil, on a lower level of soccer than the top teams in Europe. Is Barça making the right decision then? Xavi needs to treat this lightly. Alves is not going to solve all of Barça’s problems in the back, and he is definitely not a player for a long-term project like most of the new players at Barça are. Dani Alves should have never left Barcelona in the first place. Since 2016 Barça has struggled to find a replacement for the iconic number 2, but now it can be too late for Alves to save his beloved team.
Like Zlatan Ibrahimovic in AC Milan, Alves has to act in Barcelona as a leader. He cannot demand to be a starter and stop the progression of Sergiño Dest for example, but he can act as a mentor to him and an example where the American can see himself. Alves comes back to his beloved team to help Xavi revamp this team, and if is treated correctly, he can leave in May or in 2023 with a new Barça once again in the top teams of Europe and maybe with another title under his wings. One thing is sure though, the mad Brazilian is back in Barcelona, and I’m pretty sure he and all the Culés are going to have fun again.
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Brennen is back and reviews the playoffs thus far and talks about the current state of the Heat, and what to watch for following a tough Game 2 loss against the Boston Celtics.
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The Mets are in Colorado to face the Rockies in a 3-game series. The weather in Denver is expected to be cold all weekend, with temperatures in the 30s. The two teams met 7 times last season, with the Mets winning 5 of the 7 games. After this weekend, the next time the Mets and Rockies will see each other is in August for a 4-game series at Citi Field.
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(Promo Code: 6A2841ERJC) When it gets a point where a single loss will leave you ranting on social media, I’d say things are going pretty well. After taking the first half of the series on Monday & Tuesday, the Yankees “only” split the next two games for the series win.