Real Madrid defensive midfielder, Xabi Alonso was in awe of his teammate Gareth Bale’s game-winning sprint and finish to claim a 1-2 Copa del Rey final victory over arch-rivals, Barcelona on Wednesday evening at Mestalla.
In his post-match interview, Alonso praised his teammates for their effort, especially Bale, who sprinted past Marc Bartra to score a sensational game-winner.
“Now we know victory. It was spirited, with both teams playing at their best. It was very exciting.
“Bale’s goal was amazing. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like it. I thought the ball was out, they pushed him, he ran off the pitch….Impressive.
“More impressive without Cristiano? We are proud just the same, with those we did have here. It was a great game with a lot at stake and we survived it. Now we will enjoy it with the fans who came here and with those who are still in Madrid. I am very proud of every ‘madridistas’.”
Alonso then discussed the tension on the pitch, which was visible several times throughout the match.
“This is football, we both compete for everything, these are very tense matches, every ball is important. We don’t pay much mind to the tension, that’s happened throughout the history of football. These things are blown severely out of proportion. I don’t give it much importance. You live with it, but don’t participate. I don’t care about the noise.”
Alonso concluded by discussing the future, which includes a date with Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals in a week.
“Clearly, the schedule is getting tighter, coming off a very intense season. We’re not in our best condition, but we need to deal with that. Almost every national team is going to be affected. Right now I’m not thinking about the World Cup.
“We have a week to prepare for Bayern and we need to think about recovering. I can’t wrap my head around it at the moment.”