Tue 24 May 2022 | 15:16

Xabi Alonso on Champions League final: "I will win whatever happens"

In Saturday's Champions League final, Liverpool will face Real Madrid, and Xabi Alonso has been pleased by both of his previous clubs.

Prior to Saturday's Champions League final, former



Real Madrid

player Xabi Alonso believe both clubs should be labeled as "mental monsters."

Between 2004 to 2009, Alonso played for Liverpool before going to Real Madrid for five seasons, lifting the

Champions League

trophy with both teams.

At the Stade de France this weekend, the English and Spanish powers will clash in a rematch of the 2018 final, in which Madrid won 3-1 in Kyiv.

Alonso told BT Sport that he admires Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and his ability to bring the best out of his squad. 

"Jurgen, I have played many times against him," he said. "He is intense, he is very passionate and I think that one of his best qualities is that he is able to get the best from his players and he is able for them to commit in a very generous way and create proper teams.

"Each manager, I think they have their own way, their own book. Some managers, they do it on a tactical way, on a very analytical way. There are others that like to create more of that connection, to give that freedom, but you need to know the players.

"You need to be able to give them the right recipe for them to show their best level. That’s the beauty - you don't have just one way, you have many different ways and Carlo [Ancelotti] is different to Jurgen, Jurgen is different to Pep [Guardiola], Pep is different to Thomas Tuchel to Xavi, so they are all different."

Klopp frequently refers to his Liverpool players as "mentality monsters" when describing their capacity to overcome obstacles and find a way to triumph, and Alonso agrees, but also believes Ancelotti's side possesses the same trait. 

"I love when Jurgen says that they are 'mentality monsters' because to do what they are doing, it is not easy," he said. "It's not just this year, it's what they have been doing for the last few years and they have that mentality.

"But, another thing is the final. The final, it is a big one and when you need to show that mentality because Madrid, they are other mentality monsters, so it's a big, big clash that we are going to have. Enjoy it.

"I was in Kyiv a few years ago and it was great to enjoy with two of my teams. It's not all about the final, it's also about reaching the final and enjoying it with the crowd. I was there with friends from Madrid and friends from Liverpool and I am kind of in the middle of both teams, so I will win whatever happens.

"[They are] both great teams, they both deserve [to win] so I will feel for one not to get it.

"We will see. It's the Champions League final so just enjoy it."


source: SportMob

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