Xabi Alonso: I would’ve never forgiven myself if I hadn’t won ‘La Decima’ with Real Madrid
Bayern Munich midfielder Xabi Alonso recently revealed that he’d never have forgiven himself if he hadn’t won ‘La Decima’ in his final season at the Santiago Bernabeu.
In a recent interview with Libero, Alsono detailed how high the pressure was to win the Champions League title, stating that he’d experienced it as soon as he got off the plane from Liverpool as Real Madrid is the Champions League.
“Real Madrid is the Champions League and you realize that from the start. If you want to be a part of the club’s history, if you want to be remembered, you have to win the Champions League. I would’ve never forgiven myself if I hadn’t won ‘La Decima’.
Alonso, who was in the middle of the memorable Clasico’s between then manager Jose Mourinho and former Barcelona and current Bayern Munich Pep Guardiola, admitted that he has the utmost respect for both coaches and what they bring to their respective squads.
“Mourinho and Guardiola are similar in the fact that they are both very hard workers, perfectionists and with a code. They are two coaches that have left their mark with me.”
Alonso continues to be one of the most important players for the German Bundesliga champions as Guardiola tries to lead the Bavarians to yet another Champions League title or treble.
The 33-year-old was forced to leave Wednesday’s Champions League opener with a possible injury, but isn’t expected to miss many games.