SAO PAULO, July 18 (Xinhua) — Sao Paulo veteran Dani Alves said Saturday that his team will be ready to pick up where they left off when Brazil’s Sao Paulo state championship resumes from a four-month coronavirus hiatus.
Sao Paulo, Group C leaders with 18 points from 10 matches, will return to action with a home clash against Bragantino on Thursday. Alves did not hide his enthusiasm on Saturday after he and his teammates trained at their Morumbi stadium home for the first time since March.
“We were longing to be able to step into our temple and experience the feeling that we had before 9 (the coronavirus shutdown),” the former Barcelona and Juventus full-back said in a video published on Sao Paulo’s official website.
“I believe that living and breathing football for those who dedicate themselves to the sport is fundamental. Our preparation is a continuation of what we were doing before. The dynamics are the same; the intensity, the amount of work remains the same.
Alves is recognized as the most decorated professional footballer in history with 43 trophies over a career spanning two decades.
The 37-year-old, who joined Sao Paulo as a free agent after parting ways with Paris Saint-Germain last July, had been in sparkling form before the coronavirus shutdown, revelling in a new role as a deep-lying midfielder.
He challenged his Sao Paulo colleagues to return hungrier and better than their rivals for the final stretch of the championship.
“I always say that we need to work hard to be able to aspire to big things … because games are always a consequence of the intensity you show in training. The dynamic has been spectacular, and we want to bring that to our next match,” he added. Enditem