Xabi confident of Real Madrid quality going into new season

Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso says they go into the new season full of confidence.

Real kickoff their campaign today against Real Mallorca.

"The team is still evolving. The internationals rejoined the squad throughout the pre-season following the World Cup. The coach needs time for the players to act out his new ideas on the pitch," the Spain international said.

"We have to continue working, but we will improve with time. Winning is the only thing that counts at Real Madrid. The schedule is very tight and we will play almost every Tuesday or Wednesday.

"We want to win and make people happy. The squad has been working very hard in order to be confident and win the game against Mallorca. It is very important to begin the season with a victory and avoid mistakes.

"We will have time to talk about the Champions League draw and the teams we are facing, but now we are only focused on the match against Real Mallorca.

"Every coach has his own methods, but [Jose] Mourinho has a very special way of working; standing united accomplishes positive results. Mourinho is very straightforward with his ideas and he also plays his 'own game' off the pitch."

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