On his former Liverpool teammate Jamie Carragher’s podcast on Thursday afternoon, Xabi Alonso reflected on his life and career. The Basque talked about his time at Liverpool, Real Madrid, and Bayern Munich, as well as his time with the Spanish national team.
Alonso was a fascinating listen because he was erudite and intelligent. One of the most telling moments he produced was when he was part of the Real Madrid team that was beaten 5-0 by Barcelona in El Clasico in the 2010/11 season, when Pep Guardiola’s team was in full flow.
“The game at Camp Nou that we lost 5-0, that was the worst night I’ve ever lived on a football field,” Alonso said in comments carried by Marca. “After 20 minutes I wanted to leave, go home. Shower and go home. It was so painful, it gave us great determination. At that moment we knew that if we were too nice they were going to kill us.”
That Madrid team, led by Jose Mourinho, responded admirably, reclaiming La Liga from Barcelona the following season, which coincided with Guardiola’s departure. After a year off, the Catalan returned to the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich, where he was eventually joined by Alonso, who would retire there. Sanse, Real Sociedad’s B team, is currently coached by Alonso.
Source: Football Espana