Xabi Alonso: Real Madrid want 10th Champions League title

The influential midfielder is dreaming of winning the competition for the first time since 2002, and wants to eliminate the Bavarians in their last four encounter
Xabi Alonso has stressed that Real Madrid are determined to win their 10th Champions League this term as they are preparing for the first leg of their semi-final against Bayern Munich on Tuesday.

Los Blancos last won European club football's elite tournament in 2002, and Xabi Alonso is hopeful of bringing the trophy back to the Santiago Bernabeu next month.

"The Champions League is always the most appealing of tournaments and winning a tenth for the club would be important, so we are focused on being a part of that," Xabi Alonso stated to bwin.com.

"Time will tell, and history has seen both Real Madrid and Bayern winning the Champions League after eliminating the other in the semi-finals. That's where we want to be and the tie will be thrilling, but who knows how the winner will fare in the final.

"I wish to play another Champions League final. Every season at Real Madrid is a challenge. We have different challenges this campaign both in La Liga and in Europe. We're where we want to be at this stage, that is, fighting for a spot in the final and for the league title."

Tuesday's semi-final encounter at the Allianz Arena kicks off at 20.45CET.

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