Bayern Munich pressure easy for Xabi Alonso to handle

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Xabi Alonso says he is well used to handling high expectations and is relishing a new chapter in his decorated career at Bayern Munich.

The midfielder swapped current European champions Real Madrid for the 2013 Champions League winners Bayern on Friday and was immediately involved for his new side, playing in the 1-1 draw with Schalke over the weekend.

The 32-year-old, who has won Europe’s top club prize twice, with Liverpool and Real, says the switch to the Bundesliga giants is an important step in his career.

Alonso also says he knows Bayern, like Real, have high expectations placed on them by the fans.

“I’m aware you’re expected to win every game at Bayern,” the former Spain international said at his official unveiling. “I know this from Real Madrid. It’s a good type of pressure.”

Alonso signed a two-year deal at Bayern after joining for an undisclosed fee and, following his recent retirement from international football, the experienced star is looking forward to helping Pep Guardiola’s side – both in the Bundesliga and in Europe.

“It’s an honour and a privilege to be here in Munich,” he added. “It’s a fantastic step for me both as a professional footballer and a person.”

Alonso will hope to help Bayern regain their Champions League crown this season for which they are priced at 5.00, just behind his old side and favourites Real (4.50).

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