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Dani Alves reveals how he disobeyed Pep Guardiola’s at Barcelona to get the best out of Lionel Messi

He was part of the greatest club side in modern history but Dani Alves says he offered ignored the instructions of Pep Guardiola in order to get the best out of Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi.


During his four years in charge of Barca, Guardiola revolutionised the way football is played with his brand of tiki-taka football.

An emphasis of short-sharp passes to open up the opposition, Guardiola detested passes from a full back to a winger.

However, what made his side so dominant between 2008-12 was the right-hand partnership between right back Alves and forward Messi.

And speaking about the tactics, Alves admitted he would usually ignore Guardiola’s pet-hate so that Messi would be involved in the match

‘Pep hates these full-back to winger passes because they don’t offer progression,’ he told Globo Esporte.

‘But I used to do them with Messi a lot and he’d be annoyed.

‘I told him if Messi doesn’t touch the ball every two minutes, he disconnects and we need him connected so he can decide the game. He agreed.’

And despite going against his manager’s wishes, it appeared that Alves was right as Barcelona won 11 major trophies during this era – including three La Liga titles and two Champions Leagues. 

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