News and opinions
11 May 2013
Xabi Alonso replaced Varane in the first half of the match against Espanyol. The Real Madrid player said that the squad are ready for the Copa del Rey final: "The aim now is the cup and we have fight for the title that we have left to play for. There are six days to prepare and that's what we are thinking about. We are very motivated, eager to play a great match and lift the trophy in our stadium, albeit on neutral soil".
The midfielder was asked about players’ comments to the media: "Everyone can say what they want to and there is nothing to be scared about. Nobody tells us what we have to say". Finally, he spoke about the league title won by Barcelona: "There is nothing more to be done apart from congratulate them. Our poor start has meant that we could not fight to the end".