Xabi Alonso, former player of Real Sociedad, Liverpool, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, reviewed his career in a live broadcast with the YouTube channel de Ángel García and referred to the different coaches who directed him. He had good words for all of them, but above all, they praised Pep Guardiola: "He is a genius."
The tolosarra coincided with the Catalan at Bayern Munich, a destination he left when he finished his stage at Real Madrid. And he must have liked the experience, because the words to Guardiola are very complimentary. "Pep was visualizing the match before it was played. And he said: 'this is going to happen'. And this happened. For this you had to do this and then it happened. Take it now! He is a genius, a visionary ».
They were the most passionate tribute, but he also had good words for the rest of the technicians. For example, de Mourinho highlighted his "personality", Del Bosque who was "very smart", Rafa Benítez who was "very methodical" and Ancelotti highlighted his "pure football".
He also recognized that if there was a technician with whom he would have liked to work it was Marcelo Bielsa or Jürgen Klopp.
Happy at Real 'B'
On the other hand, in statements to Real Sociedad television, Xabi Alonso made a "positive" balance of his first season as a professional coach, at the head of the 'txuriurdin' subsidiary in Segunda B, despite being on the verge of contesting the promotion playoff.
The now-realistic quarry coach has explained that he would have liked to play the remaining games of the League, before the interruption due to the coronavirus, because he hoped to have classified among the top four in his group, since fourth place "was only three points for what has been the most painful decision.
"I think the overall assessment this season is positive because we were a group that had been formed with footballers for what was their first year in the category and others who had to take that step to settle down," recalled Alonso.
Alonso has also been satisfied with his return to San Sebastián after many years in the best teams in the world, both personally, sports and family, and his re-entry in Zubieta, which has become "something very natural" to the time that he has described as “spectacular” the football that the Real Sociedad first team has deployed this season.