|Saturday, 18 August 2012 11:14|
BARCELONA: Rightback Dani Alves is determined to prove that Barcelona are still the greatest team in world football.
Alves (pic) is not fazed by last season's disappointments and is keen to remind people that Barca remain the current World champions - having won the Fifa Club World Cup in Japan last year.
“We’re still the team to beat because we’re the best team in the world," the Brazilian told his the club's website.
"We’re the ones that have the logo on our shirts that distinguishes us as world champions."
“Josep 'Pep' Guardiola left us in good hands. There will be continuity to his work. I’m sure that the athletic project will be reinvigorated and that the players will be eager to do important things," he said.
Alves went on to say he believes that Barca will challenge for honors on all fronts and that he has faith in the ability of his teammates.
“The team are ready and starting off on the right foot gives you more confidence for the rest of the season. It’s difficult to find the right balance if you start with doubts.
"It doesn’t matter if we have a lot of players on the roster. Every player must bring something to the team, that’s the important thing. That’s why we’re calm and ready for the season to start.”
Barca's title charge begins at home to Real Sociedad on Monday (3am) before their Spanish Super Cup showdown with Real Madrid on Thursday.