The two may have switched clubs over the summer but Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos does not like being compared to his Spanish opposite, Xabi Alonso.
Kroos completed a deal to the Santiago Bernabeu for a fee in the region of £20million, and, just before the transfer window closed, Pep Guardiola managed to swoop in and capture Alonso for a bargain price of £5million.
Since arriving in the Bundesliga, Alonso has impressed his former rival coach and has been clinical part of the Championship winning side. Following their 2-0 win against FC Cologne, it was announced that the 32-year-old had broken a Bundesliga record for the most touches in a single game.
Despite this glowing report, the former Bayern man doesn’t like being compared to one of his fellow professionals.
He told Spanish news outlet, Marca: “We're not such different players if you consider the position we both play.”
He then went back on this statement by claiming: “I don't like comparisons,” when asked about the similarities in their pair’s playing style.
He followed this by talking about the level of competition in La Liga: “You can't win any games in the Spanish league by giving only seventy or eighty per cent. You always have to step on the gas.”
“They show more commitment than in the Bundesliga. I think that, in general, there are better players in La Liga than in the Bundesliga, although in Germany there are more teams that pose more difficulties.”
The Kroos impact
After Alonso departed for Germany, Madrid made a sloppy start to the season and Kroos struggled to replicate the role of Alonso as he failed to provide the same defensive cover. In recent weeks Los Blancos have been in rich scoring form and Kroos has been part of these performances and is starting to feel more welcomed by the fans.
However, there are still doubts whether Madrid are covered defensively with rumours swirling around the future of Sami Khedira.
There is no doubting the Galacticos attacking ability. With Rodriguez, Modric and Kroos supporting the trio of Benzema, Bale and Ronaldo, Carlo Ancelotti’s side have notched up 25 goals already in seven games.
Despite this they are currently fifth, four points off the leaders Barcelona who have made an unbeaten start to the season as they hope to make up for their trophy drought in the last campaign.
Back at the Allianz Arena, Alonso has his eyes firmly set on a Bundesliga medal as Bayern managed to stretch their lead at the top of the table over the last weekend pushing four points clear of 1899 Hoffenheim and 10 clear of Borussia Dortmund.
There is even more good news for Bayern fans as it has been revealed that Thiago Alcântara had returned to training and Frank Ribery has also returned to playing after both being ruled out with knee problems.