Real Madrid star Xabi Alonso is wary of Spain going into the World Cup final against Holland as favourites.
The former Liverpool man knows how cut-throat the tournament is and said he did not want to be like England and get an unfavourable result against the underdog.
“England had a very tough game and the expectations were very high,” Alonso said. “One bad game and you are out. That is how it works in the World Cup and that should be a warning to us on Sunday.”
Alonso, who moved to the Santiago Bernabeu from Anfield in August last year, said he was unsure if he had become a better player since leaving the Reds but insists he enjoyed his time in England.
“I don’t know if I am playing better than I did when I was at Liverpool,” he added. “I really enjoyed my five years there but now I am in Spain with Real Madrid. I feel as if I am in a good moment so I don’t really think about my form.”