‘We have to learn from the mistakes… there is little room for error’: Dani Alves insists PSG must show they have learnt lessons from defeat at Anfield earlier this season ahead of visit to Manchester United
- Paris Saint-Germain take on Manchester United in the Champions League
- PSG ace Dani Alves says side must show they can ‘learn from the mistakes’
- Earlier this season, Thomas Tuchel’s side were beaten by United rivals Liverpool
- But Alves feels the French champions are better equipped in the tournament
Paris Saint-Germain must show they can ‘learn from the mistakes made’ in the Champions League ahead of facing in-form Manchester United, insists defender Dani Alves.
The Brazilian is an experienced player in Europe’s premier club competition having turned out for both Barcelona and Juventus previously.
A group stage defeat against Liverpool at Anfield exposed frailties in the French champions away from home but Alves feels PSG are a different proposition now to the side that collapsed on Merseyside in September.
Paris Saint-Germain must ‘learn from mistakes’ as they prepare to face Manchester United
Brazilian ace Dani Alves feels the side are better equipped than when they faced Liverpool
‘I think we have to learn from the mistakes made during the competition and not reproduce the same mistakes,’ Alves told the club’s official website.
‘There are few games in the Champions League, so there is little room for error. We have to capitalise on what we do well because we have great ambitions in this competition.
‘We need to raise our level of performance, concentration, raise our level in duels, but I know we can do it, and we will do it. It will not be easy, of course, they will not give us presents. We will have to race each other to clinch the qualification.’
At Anfield earlier this season, PSG were beaten against a high-energy and rampant Liverpool
Thomas Tuchel’s side looked to have rescued a point at Anfield when star man Kylian Mbappe converted to make it 2-2 with seven minutes remaining.
But substitute Roberto Firmino came on, even with vision problems, and won it in stoppage time.
‘We started with a rather negative result at Anfield, and then we raised our level in the competition, when we had to show everyone our ability and strength,’ Alves added.
‘In the second leg against Liverpool, we responded. When we had to win, we went to get the result. We got the qualification and the first place of the group.
Thomas Tuchel’s side must show they have developed from their last England trip, says Alves
It’s certainly an advantage (playing at home second), but first and foremost you have to focus on the first leg.’
Tuchel has seen his attacking options depleted through injury having lost Alves’ Brazilian compatriot Neymar and central striker Edinson Cavani for the trip to Manchester.
Much of the pressure will be placed on World Cup winner Mbappe in a front line that could see former United man Angel Di Maria line up from the start.
While still narrow favourites on Tuesday night, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s revival of United’s squad has acted as an equaliser for what is set to be another intriguing European match-up.
PSG are without Brazilian ace Neymar (pictured) and striker Edinson Cavani on Tuesday night