Dani Alves has revealed he left Barcelona last summer because he no longer felt ‘comfortable’ at the club — but admitted he does miss the dressing room atmosphere.
The Brazilian spent eight years at the Nou Camp, making more than 400 appearances and winning 23 trophies along the way. On Tuesday night, however, he will line up against his former team-mates for new club Juventus.
The two sides, who met in the final of the Champions League two years ago, are competing for a spot in the last four of Europe’s top tier competition.
When asked why he made the switch from Barcelona to Turin, he told FIFA.com: “I have to say that I didn’t feel as comfortable any more at Barça.
“Things changed at a club level, and as time went on, I always seemed to be the one in the firing line. ‘Dani’s the one who has to go,’ they’d say. I just got tired of it. I decided to head off in a new direction and find happiness somewhere else.”
Alves is on course to win Serie A with his new side this season and has impressed on a personal level, but he admitted to stuggling with how serious some of his team-mates can be.
“That’s one of the challenges I’ve had to face,” he continued. “I need to feel joy in my life. I need some atmosphere. I’m a big believer in energy, and I feel that what you do on the pitch reflects who you are off it. That’s one problem I’ve had.
“In Italy, team-mates can be a bit serious and not very expressive. I’m the complete opposite! I’m happy, fun to be around, and I like to get an atmosphere going. I feel a bit restricted in that respect and it makes me think there’s something lacking. But like I said, it’s a challenge, and I think I have a lot to offer Juve.
“I hope they get used to me, but if they don’t, I’ll just try to fit in.”