Xabi Alonso talks about Real Madrid’s Champions League aspirations


Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso tells J.L.Guerrero of AS about Los Blancos’ Champions League hopes before Wednesday’s away game at Dinamo Zagreb.

– The Champions League for Madrid commences on Wednesday…
I don`t think we need to look any further. The competition is just beginning. All over Europe there are strong teams and in the group phase every side is difficult. We come here with respect for Dinamo because after many years without being in the group phase they will be very excited to be entertaining Madrid. So we need to do things well to take away anything positive.

– Are Madrid not Barcelona’s main rivals to win the competition?
It is very difficult to win the Champions League because there are a lot of sides with the same aspirations. We have to start by having a good group phase, taking each stage as it comes, and we’ll see how the team matures. We ourselves are not thinking about the final in May and will take it step by step.

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