In an interview with Spanish TV channel Cuatro, the ex-Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso spoke out in defence of former team-mates Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema after both forwards were booed in the Santiago Barnabéu during Madrid's 2-2 with Valencia.
Whistling Benzema and Bale
"I have no doubts about Karim and Gareth. They are true professionals and will put in good performances over the whole season".
"He's taking it all in his stride. I've discussed him with his team-mates. He's going to become more and more important because he'll play but without burning out".
Villa's return to the national side
"I know how much Villa wanted to return. He'll contribute for sure".
Real Madrid's domination
"Real Madrid are the benchmark. They've won the Champions League three times in four years. and they're are capable of winning all six trophies".