Jardine, coach of the Olympic Brazil, reveals how and why he chose Dani Alves for the Olympic Games


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Jardine, coach of the Olympic Brazil, reveals how and why he chose Dani Alves for the Olympic Games

The strategist who ended up hanging the gold medal spoke with ESPN, about how was the process to reach the name of the legend life of Brazilian soccer

Captain of the Brazil national team at the Tokyo Olympics, Dani Alves won one of the few titles he did not have in his successful career. However, the road was not easy, since the Rio de Janeiro star barely reached the Japanese match.

In an interview with ESPN Brazil, the technician André Jardine He spoke about the process that he carried out together with the Brazilian technical committee to create the squad and that made the name of the São Paulo player gain strength.

“We had on our list one or two players over the age by position that we understood that we could call. The right back was Dani. For everything he represents, for history. We looked, by age, for the main player of the national team and make him a winner. The scenario was shaped by necessity. We treasure this hypothesis, but we also did not talk to him before so as not to raise expectations and disappoint him. “, said the coach, before revealing that an opinion was essential to summon the experienced athlete.

“On stage, we saw that Emerson would hardly be loaned by Barcelona, ​​we had a vacancy above age, Dani’s name was gaining strength, the relationship he has with Branco helped a lot, because Branco trusts him a lot. I listen to Branco’s opinion a lot, he knows him a lot. He said, ‘This is a special guy that you won’t regret, he’ll get the job done.’ And from there, we made the connection and things started to come to life. “

“Dani, when he found out about the national team, we saw his eyes shine. His relationship was: ‘Professor, you can count on me. I really want to win an Olympic medal, since I did not have the opportunity in the previous Olympic Games. Let’s win. this together. “I felt very safe, I don’t regret it one bit, because he’s a fantastic guy. Not only technically speaking, because he gave a soccer lesson in every game. In his position, he’s the best in the world, because nobody plays as much to football as he was. But, much more than that, he was a leader, a guy who inspired, created an atmosphere. He was always there, body and soul “, he concluded.

In the Tokyo Olympics, Daniel Alves played a key role. Team captain, the right-back played all six games from start to finish and was key to winning the gold medal.


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