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I Save Penalty-Kicks Easily But I’m Always Nervous – Diego Alves

Valencia goalkeeper Diego Alves has revealed that he has his techniques in stopping penalty but begged his side to take greater care in the penalty area, despite his phenomenal record of saving spot-kicks.

The Brazilian could not stop Los Che from going down 2-0 against Atletico Madrid before the international break, despite denying both Antoine Griezmann and Gabi from 12 yards.

That save extended his superb top-flight record of saved penalties – he has stopped 19 of the 37 that he has faced in La Liga.

After struggling early in the season, 18th-placed Valencia travel to Sporting Gijon on Sunday before hosting title-chasing Barcelona a week later, a game in which Alves can expect to be busy.

“The notoriety can change the way that players take penalties,” he told Marca, “but every penalty that is stopped brings more responsibility. Hopefully there will be no penalties in the game next weekend against Barcelona!

“Since childhood I have found it quite easy to stop them. I have my technique but I still don’t like the situation; it makes me very nervous.”

Alves was linked with a move to Barca after Claudio Bravo’s switch to Manchester City, although the Catalan club eventually signed Jasper Cillessen.

Now into his sixth season at Mestalla, the 31-year-old wants to extend his contract, which runs until 2019.

“I will do everything I can [to stay] but it all depends on the club,” he continued.

“We are in a transition, we changed coaches. [Cesare] Prandelli is getting to know the players, he wants to implement his way of playing, but we are confident it will work perfectly.”

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