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Dani Alves delighted to help Barcelona in his second debut

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The Barcelona star played his first game after returning to the club on Wednesday.

Barcelona defeated Linares Deportivo 2-1 in their Copa del Rey game on Wednesday. The game marked Dani Alves’ return to action since re-joining the club in November.

Alves played the full 90 minutes and was among the top performers of the night. It was his 248th appearance for the Spanish giants, opening a new chapter in his love affair with the club. 

In a post-match interview, the Brazil star opened up on his feelings over playing for Barcelona again.

He said (via Fotmob): “For me, it is a special day to wear the Barca shirt again.

“To play again in official competition with Barca is too special a gift. 

He added: “I just want to play with my team-mates, help them, and improve them. 

“It is a competition with many surprises. We knew it was difficult, but we were mentally strong.

“You have to learn to compete and fight to the end. Only those who know how to suffer, raise trophies. Today, we have succeeded.”

Following their Coppa del Rey win, Barcelona will face Granada in their next league game on Saturday. The Catalans will then meet Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup four days later.