Xabi Alonso: Bayern are like jazz, Madrid are Rock and Roll

The 32-year-old arrived in Bavaria from the Santiago Bernabeu in August and believes their playing style is a perfect fit for his passing qualities

Xabi Alonso says Bayern Munich’s style is more “jazz” compared to Real Madrid’s fast paced “Rock and Roll” play.

The former Spain international made a surprise deadline day move to the German champions in August as Madrid made way for a host of new arrivals at the Bernabeu.

The 32-year-old has thrived in his early weeks in Bavaria and set a new Bundesliga record of 205 touches and 175 complete passes in the 2-0 win away at FC Koln, which he says is down to how well Bayern’s passing game complements his style.

“Bayern probably the only club I really wanted to join,” Alonso told Süddeutsche Zeitung.

“The construction of the play is very different [here]. At Real Madrid is everything is quicker, more direct… [Bayern] are more like Jazz, [whereas Real Madrid are like] Rock n Roll.”

Coach Pep Guardiola moved for the former Liverpool man as he searched for midfield reinforcements following the departure of Toni Kroos, to Madrid, and a knee-ligament injury suffered by Javi Martinez.

Though Alonso has rejected claims that the arrival of Kroos led to his decision to end his five-year stay in the Spanish capital.

“I always considered the signing [of Kroos] as great news for the club. We would have worked together perfectly, if I had stayed.”

Bayern host Werder Bremen on Saturday when they will be hoping to extend their four-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga.

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