Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso believes his team have been constantly improving over the course of the last few seasons.
Alonso completed a £30million move to the Santiago Bernabeu in the summer of 2009, but has so far only been able to land a Copa del Rey winners’ medal in his two seasons at the club.
In that same time, he has had to watch arch-rivals Barcelona achieve much success in both La Liga and the UEFA Champions League.
However, Real have started the new season brightly and have been tipped to push Barca all the way in the title race this season, something Alonso believes they are well-equipped to do.
“We are progressing,” the playmaker said in an interview with adidas. “We are progressing. Year after year, we do things better.
“The squad is very good and we have to respond on the pitch to try and win something important at the end of the season.”
Despite already gaining an upper hand over Barca, after last weekend’s 4-2 win over Getafe was coupled with their rivals’ 2-2 draw against Real Sociedad, Alonso has urged his team-mates to take each game as it comes, and not get ahead of themselves.
“In the league, we got off to a very good start, there are good feelings and there is still room for improvement.
“There are 36 matches left and we have to go little by little.”
Real also got their Champions League campaign off to a winning start on Wednesday with a 1-0 win over Dinamo Zagreb, and while the fixtures will soon start to pile up, Alonso is unconcerned about any issues with fatigue.
“We are used to playing every three days.
“The coach will decide the starting XI which is more convenient, rotating players or not.
“That is his decision, but we are ready for the match.”
Real return to La Liga action this weekend with a trip to Levante on Sunday.