Xabi Alonso has been hailed as Bayern Munich’s "most important signing" of the summer according to the club president.
The former Real Madrid midfielder featured in the side’s recent 2-0 win over 1. FC Köln – a win that sent the Champions two points clear at the top of the Bundesliga. In this game, the Spaniard set a Bundesliga record for the most touches in a single game.
Franz Beckenbauer has praised the midfielder following his recent performances for the club and believes that he will be an integral part of the side.
According to Marca he said: "I've been saying that Alonso was our most important signing for weeks.
“He's an intelligent player and he completely dominates the midfield.”
It came as quite a surprise when Pep Guardiola announced that he had signed a former Galactico after spending much of his managerial career contesting against Madrid with Barcelona.
Despite the mystery behind the signing, Alonso has slipped into the midfield ahead of Bastain Schweinsteiger who is still recovering from injury. Bayern are also without Javi Martinez and Thiago Alcantara who are both nursing injuries.
The former Liverpool man completed his move to the Allianz following the arrival of Toni Kroos at the Bernabeau who left Bayern for a fee in the region of £20 million.
As well as Alonso, Guardiola brought in Juan Bernat from Valencia, Jose Reina from Liverpool and Mehdi Benatia from Roma on the final week of the summer window. He also brought in Sebastian Rode and Robert Lewandowski before the summer window.
Bayern have travelled to Moscow for their next Champions League tie against CSKA but the team were given a rude awakening when a fire alarm went off in their hotel on early Monday morning.
The players will shake this off as they head to play in an empty stadium for their next group game after UEFA punished the Russian Champions for racist chanting in last season’s campaign.
CSKA are also expecting further punishment from the European football governing body following further violence caused by their supporters in their first clash of this season's competition against Roma which finished 5-1 to the Italians.
Guardiola is unhappy with proceedings and he is hoping that this won’t happen again.
He said in a recent press conference: “I've never experienced it and I hope it's the last time.
“We will have to adapt to the situation, but it's a little strange all the same.”
Dortmund off form
Bayern’s rivals, Dortmund have gone off the boil in the Bundesliga as they suffered a 2-1 defeat away at FC Schalke 04 in last weekend’s derby.
This is the third game in a row that Jurgen Klopp’s side have conceded two goals in a game and failed to win after drawing against VfB Stuttgart last weekend and losing to FSV Mainz 05 the week before.
They also return to Champions League action this week where they hope to follow on from their 2-0 win over Arsenal when they travel to Anderlecht.
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: https://www.givemesport.com/writeforgms