XABI ALONSO insists Actual Madrid solely bought to grips with Lionel Messi when HE was marking him.
The previous Spain midfielder battled with the Barcelona star season after season throughout 5 years in Madrid.
In ten conferences between 2009 and 2014, Barca gained six occasions to Actual’s two.
These two Los Blancos wins got here below Jose Mourinho’s administration.
Alonso, 36, defined: “Messi has carried out a variety of harm to me. Me, Mourinho and Sergio Ramos talked about him quite a bit.
“We solely began to regulate Messi after I was marking him.
“We sacrificed positions for me to mark him, however as soon as we managed Messi the matches had been even.”
However Alonso and his team-mates had been powerless to cease the Argentina celebrity in November 2010, when he impressed the Catalan membership to a 5-Zero win.
Nevertheless, Alonso reckons that crushing defeat motivated Actual to win La Liga the next season.
He stated: “The well-known 5-Zero made us change a variety of issues.
“At the moment we weren’t able to compete, a yr later we had been.
“Barcelona had been dominant, however by the top of 2011 we knew we may strike in opposition to anyone.”
Alonso famously gained the Champions League with Liverpool in 2005 however failed to say the Premier League title.
Whereas Jurgen Klopp’s Reds are scoring targets for enjoyable with the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, Alonso feels his previous workforce lacked the aptitude wanted in midfield.
He stated: “We lacked that one particular participant.
“We had a wonderful squad however when it got here to unlocking defences with aptitude, we simply did not have that participant.
“Within the Champions League although, we competed like our lives relied on it.”
Ex-Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola surprisingly signed Alonso – then 32 – for Bayern Munich in 2014.
But the midfielder performed for an additional three years and gained as many Bundesliga titles.
He stated: “At Bayern we performed within the opponents’ half for 90 minutes.
“I did not should cowl that a lot distance and I held my place.
“This was unbelievable for me and I really learnt quite a bit.”