Dani Alves believes the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo from the Real Madrid team makes Los Blancos a more dangerous side.
The former Madrid man is aiming for a fourth consecutive Champions League, after winning three in a row with Madrid.
Losing the five-time Ballon d’Or winner has not hurt Los Blancos, though, according to Alves.
“I think that, contrary to what everybody else says, Madrid are more of a team without Cristiano, and now it’s a little more difficult than it was before – at least because of how I see football and my concept of this game,” he explained to Marca.
“Though it’s obvious that him leaving is a brutal loss, Madrid are Madrid.”
The 35-year-old knows exactly why Ronaldo felt he needed to move on, though.
“People want challenges, to continue feeling alive and for that reason it doesn’t surprise me,” he explained.
“He had been there for a while, he had done great things with Real Madrid and he has decided to try other things.
“I did when I was at Barcelona and the true fighters need new challenges and don’t need comfort.
“I think that, like me at Barcelona, he was very comfortable and, maybe, we need something different to stimulate us again.”