Xabi Alonso has revealed that he left Real Madrid and signed for Bayern Munich because of Pep Guardiola.
Xabi Alonso was a Real Madrid player where he was happily winning the Spain league and the European Champions League. However, in 2014 Guardiola, Alonso’s Spanish compatriot joined Bayern Munich as head coach.
Very soon after one season, the clubs saw Toni Kroos headed from Bayern to Real and Alonso surprisingly signed by Bayern from Real Madrid.
The move made little sense for all three parties. However, now at least Alonso has revealed what personal motive he had to join Bayern Munich at such a late stage in his career.
He said, “I was so curious to find out [Guardiola’s] secrets.
“He has a relentless natural enthusiasm. Football seasons are long but right until the very end, Pep never seemed to be tired. He was alert, always ready. For the players, maybe this gave us an extra few metres in our legs when it mattered most,” Xabi Alonso explained.
“I didn’t enjoy playing against them [Borussia Dortmund] because they made it so intense, you’d almost break. It was like he [Jurgen Klopp] wanted you to be in a cage. He wanted to trap you. There was an organised pressure. I was under pressure all the time.
“I enjoyed the mood around those games because they were so important but the challenge of beating Dortmund was immense,” Xabi Alonso concluded.