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Xabi Alonso has stated that he has learned a great deal from his current club manager, Jose Mourinho. The gaffer has extremely strong values. He fights for the people close to him, defends them, setting an example for all of us. You look at the way he treats his son and its a very special relationship. Its clear for all to see.
The Real Madrid and Spain midfielder is convinced that winning the European Championship is going to be much tougher this year, while insisting that defending the crown will, of course, be the target for Spain at the tournament, which is set to get underway next week in Poland and the Ukraine.
Expectations are beyond high and its almost impossible to raise the bar any further now. Thats why its going to be much tougher, not only because of us and our rivals, but also because of everything going on around us. The tag of favourites can start weighing you down at some point. I hope Im wrong, but its going to be much tougher this year, Xabi Alonso claimed in an interview in Spanish newspaper El Mundos Magazine supplement.
Xabi also recalled the injury he suffered while at Liverpool following a challenge from Chelseas Frank Lampard. I was out for three months, but its all part and parcel of the game. Weve played against one another several times since then and there has been a sporting rivalry (), but Ive come across him on holiday and we had a nice, relaxed beer together, he said.