Former Liverpool midfielder Xavi Alonso has revealed what life was like under Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho when the two were at Real Madrid.
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Now at Bayern Munich, Alonso also ruled the roost on the indomitable question of who’s the better player; Messi or Ronaldo, having played alongside the Portuguese during his time at the Santiago Bernabeu.
It will be up to Alonso to find some way of stopping Messi, as well as Barcelona’s increasingly deadly duo of Neymar as Suarez who play alongside the Argentine in the Catalan’s front-three, when Bayern take on the La Liga leaders in the Champions League in what will be Pep Guardiola’s first game against the club he achieved so much success with.
“[Messi and Ronaldo] are both amazing players. You can see from the goals they score day in, day out. But for me, Cristiano is the best,” said Alonso, according to the Daily Express.
Alonso also waded in on, perhaps, the managerial equivalent to the Messi/Ronaldo debate; who’s better Pep Guardiola or Jose Mourinho?
“They have very different personalities. It’s very interesting and a privilege to have worked alongside both coaches and understand how they both work first hand,” he said.
Barcelona will certainly be hoping to do better than their humiliation at the hands of Bayern two seasons ago when the remnants of Pep Guardiola’s dominant Catalan side, under the stewardship of the late Tito Vilanova, were humiliated by Jupp Heynckes’ eventual European champions.
Guardiola will also be keen to ensure his Bayern side aren’t swatted aside with such relative ease as Real Madrid managed both in Spain and Germany last season.