Xabi Alonso quotes and sayings
November 25, 1981
Sometimes that kind of last-ditch tackle can get the crowd excited, and you get a push from that. It's important to play with that psychological side of the game, but it depends on the quality of the player.
To be fighting at European level, you need players who know how to play in the big games.
Passion? Of course it's necessary, but it's more important to have footballing foundations, certainly, when developing players.
I feel good; my family and I feel comfortable in Munich.
People in Liverpool are very welcoming.
They value different things in every country. In England, it's very physical. You tackle, you shoot. I love watching it. In Spain, it's different. Pass the ball, move, find the space.
I've played with great players and worked with great managers; I've learned a lot from all of them.
The only thing I regret is not winning the Premier League with Liverpool. I'll never know how that feels and experience the reaction of the city, as I did after Istanbul. It hurts because I know the people want the league title more than anything.
Kroos is an excellent player.
Writing is not my thing; playing football is my thing.
Of course it's better to have good players to build a better team. But to build a team, you need to have time.
Matches in England are special.
My game is not to have one great action. My game is to be consistent throughout: to bring the ball in the best and quickest possible way for the best players to make the last action.
Everything can change in the Champions League.
My family have absolutely no problem about me playing for Real Madrid. They have become Real Madrid fans.
Neuer is by far the best keeper I've played with and is also outstanding outfield.
I would never have dreamed to have had such a nice career as this. I like football, and this is like a nice football journey.
How many times have you seen me run into the box with the ball, dribbling past players? It's uncommon because it's not my game; it's not my thing.
I prefer not to compare teams because it's not fair at all.
Writing is not easy, but having an opinion is!
Managing Liverpool? Yes, for sure, I have dreamt of that, but first I have to prove myself and prepare.
If I have to yell at Cristiano Ronaldo, I yell.
Bayern is a big club and a big brand, but on a daily basis, it's a family club. You get to know the physios, the kit man, the chefs. It's also a club that's very close to the supporters. That proximity to the fans makes it special. That was surprising. In Liverpool and Madrid, there's more distance.
I have learned from all of my coaches, and I am sure I will learn a lot with Guardiola.
I had five great years at Liverpool and I would rather just keep that memory as it is.
Ronaldo can create and score goals.
That is probably the biggest issue about the English game. You need to be a great player and great at striking the ball, of course, but it's also about your head and being able to understand the game, especially for a midfielder.
If you win the midfield, you probably win the game. But that doesn't mean the players in the midfield are the ones alone who determine that, because now we have strikers who drop into midfield and defenders who move up into the midfield. It is the area you must dominate.
The Bundesliga is much quicker; it's more physical than the Liga, which is more technical.
Guardiola has a lot of knowledge about the game and understands the psychology of the players. You can see all the things he is doing well.
I don't think tackling is a quality. It is a recurso, something you have to resort to, not a characteristic of your game.
It is a fact for any footballer - you can be really happy, but if the club don't want you, you have to accept it.
Munich is a very good city to live in. The life quality is superb.
I am still as slow as I was when I was 20.
In England, those qualities of playing it simple, being in the right position, reading the game, knowing the right moment to make things happen around you are not appreciated. Making a tackle, a run into the box - the spectacular things are more appreciated.
My idea was to stay in Madrid. Then, when I heard of Munich's interest, I said, 'Xabi, think what you want and where you will be happy.'.
We will have to go to win. There's no other option. We have one more match.
I've still got Paul Scholes' shirt at home which I swapped with him once. When I was at Liverpool he was one of the players I liked most. Maybe he's not valued as much as he should be in England because of the style of football there and because he keeps a low profile. Perhaps he would have been more valued in Spain, where midfielders like him form part of the 'ideal.' Fans in Spain rate him very highly and I admire him a huge amount.
Leaving Liverpool was the toughest decision I had to make in football because I was in an exemplary club, a proper football club, with a lovely and sharing stadium that meant a lot of things to me. The fans are the best in the world, no doubt about that, and I was comfortable there.
I don't try to do things that might make me look stupid, because the risk is there.
There are not many better clubs to play football for than Liverpool.
I accept I am going to miss playing because it's such an important part in my life. It's going to be difficult to fill that gap. Life goes on.
I have been progressing throughout my career, which is a very good sign.
I have played against, but not with, Zinedine Zidane and would liked to have played with him.
I don't think I will stop learning about football. There are certain parts we will never understand, like what happens in the brain of a player or makes a team fear.
I think Kimmich is a bit like Mascherano. They are similar type of players.
I know what my strengths and weaknesses are on the pitch. My duty is to be risk averse.
I have improved with time by playing for elite teams in elite leagues and the Champions League and with the Spanish national team in World Cups and European Championships.
Everyone should know my quality and what I bring to the team.
I've said a few times the Bundesliga is closer to the Premier League than the Liga.
You need to have the same ideas to work as a team, to have a good team spirit. And you don't get there in a day or even a month. It takes some time to get there.
If I decide somewhere along the way to take my chances as a manager, my link, my commitment, my passion with Liverpool is there.
You always want to feel important at wherever you are at.
There have been many games where Xavi and I have played together, and I think we work well.
You have to know your role and accept it, because that's what is best for the team.
I left Real Madrid for the same reason Di Maria did. We work hard but only others get the praise.
At Liverpool, I used to read the match day programme, and you'd read an interview with a lad from the youth team. They'd ask age, heroes, strong points, etc. He'd reply, 'Shooting and tackling.' I can't get into my head that football development would educate tackling as a quality, something to learn, to teach, a characteristic of your play.
I wanted to end my career still at the highest level, and Bayern is the highest level.
If you go out and play your own way, anything can happen. You might win.
I've been lucky, but I have earned that luck.
I'm incredibly proud and happy to play for FC Bayern and to be a part of this family.
At the end, when you play, you want to win.
I will always be grateful to Liverpool. It is a very special club.
Anoeta is always a tough place to go: people get right behind their side.
It's hard to imagine being an ex-player. It's not easy to find a new passion.
So many times, football is really unfair.
I stay in contact with friends I have in Liverpool. It's not a normal club; it's so special and very important to me.
I feel very comfortable with the system used by Mourinho. It's a very dynamic 4-2-3-1 that can easily change to 4-3-3 or 4-1-4-1 depending on the moment or the team's needs. He really knows what he wants.
I hardly ever get in the box.
The grass, the sound of the ball, the jokes with my teammates - that's what I will miss most. That is what fulfills you most on a daily basis.
If you have control of the midfield, you have control of the game, and you have more chances to win.
The midfielders are important: they have to offer themselves to receive the ball and make good use of it, take choices, try not to lose the ball and defend. But I don't feel like a leader at all.
I don't want to just play well; I want the players around me to play better, and that's when I feel that I have done my job.
That's one thing that I've always wanted: to make my own decisions and not to be pushed. That has happened in my career, and I wanted to leave football, not football to leave me. I wanted to enjoy it as much as I could and to leave it a little bit earlier than too late.
Cristiano's numbers are amazing, indisputable.
I tried to do everything just as I would before any other match, but it was impossible.
Anything can happen in football.
I remember playing with my dad, and my kids will remember this as well.
I grew up a lot as a professional and as a person in Liverpool, and I have very strong links to the club and the city.
Being a manager is so different to being a footballer. It's a very difficult job, but, of course, it's very exciting as well.
Mesut is one of those unique players you see every once in a while. He has the gift of a perfect touch in tight spaces that makes him special.
I have been lucky enough to work with great coaches. My father was also a coach, and my position in central midfield requires tactical knowledge.
Cristiano has unique qualities, brings danger in one-on-one situations, and has the ability to score and find something different.
While I was at Madrid, for me, Cristiano was the best.
I want to win the Champions League with Bayern.
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