Dani Alves reveals why PSG lost at the Santiago Bernabeu

After losing 3-1 in their Champions League Round of 16 first leg match, Dani Alves has acknowledged that his Paris Saint-Germain teammates played with lack of experience at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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The Brazil international footballer says there’s great need for PSG to spring up surprises at home despite their bleak chance of progressing to the quarterfinals.

Speaking to the Parisian club’s website, Alves encouraged his teammates not to relax at any point in their upcoming repeat encounter, adding that the outcome of Tuesday night’s game may depend on the level of support received from fans.

“The fans give us strength,” said the former Barcelona and Juventus player, “we try to win for them, they will be behind us and we have to be present as well...We have to show that we are unbeatable in our stadium.

“An incredible atmosphere will be insufficient for us to win if we don’t do our work on the field,” he continued.

“We cannot rely on our fans although their backing will certainly have its importance.”

The 34-year-old defender added, “PSG lacked some experience at the Santiago Bernabeu because we controlled the game, played an incredible 80 minutes against an opponent of that level, but had 10 more to spare.

“Getting this far in the competition is not easy. We have a chance to make history but the team has to play 95 perfect minutes.”