Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso has again spoken of his admiration for Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho. Xabi's support of the former Real coach has put him at odds with senior teammates.

"He respected people who were generous in their efforts. My father would coach me, I grew up respecting your leader.

"Being the director of 25 players is very difficult," Xabi told El Mundo in a sure swipe at Mou's dressing room critics.

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