The Spanish full back spent three years of his career tied to Fiorentina before joining Chelsea in the summer of 2016, a club where he found a lot of success during his six-year spell. Alonso joined Barcelona on a free transfer in September after agreeing a contract termination with the Blues, signing a one-year deal with the Catalonian side.
Speaking in a press conference, Alonso first looked ahead to the tough test facing Barcelona in tomorrow’s game with Inter.
“Tomorrow we’ll face a very difficult match, we have to stay focused to bring home the three points. We arrive in a good state of form but it’s too early to talk about winning the Champions League.”
He touched on the qualities of Simone Inzaghi’s Inter.
“Inter are a great team, they work a lot on tactics, they are very physical, but we’re in a very good moment of form and we want to win tomorrow.
“I think there are no favourites. Inter are a great team, they have worked well over the years, they are very strong tactically and I think tomorrow will be very difficult.”
The Spaniard reflected on his time in Italy and if a move to Inter was a genuine possibility.
“There were many rumours. Italy is still a country to which I’m linked after the three years in Florence and there was the possibility of returning but my desire was to return to Spain.
“When the call came from Barça I didn’t want to hear anything else. In the future you never know but at the moment I’m here.”
Finally, Alonso commented on Barcelona’s desire heading into tomorrow’s Champions League clash.
“I think that apart from the fact that everyone wants to play in Europe, there is always the desire to win any title. We want to win and I’m sure good results will come.”
Barcelona and Inter are currently tied on points in Group C, both losing to Bayern Munich but picking up wins over Viktoria Plzen. Tomorrow’s game could be decisive in determining which team progresses to the Round of 16 alongside the German giants.