Xabi Alonso has backed his ex-teammates Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema to return to the form at Real Madrid, amid speculation over their futures in the Spanish capital.
Real Madrid had to settle for a draw with Valencia in their last league outing while both Bale and Benzema came in for criticism for missing key opportunities.
Their performances created further speculation that they could even be about to leave the club, but Alonso (speaking to Marca) defended his former teammates.
“They are top players and nobody can doubt what they have done before,” the two-time Champions League winner said.
“The season is very long. We have just played two games. I have no doubts about Karim, or Gareth, or any other player as they will all be important.”
Following back-to-back Champions League trophy wins, Real Madrid remain the team to beat in Europe and while questions have been raised about Bale and Benzema, Marco Asensio has been a revelation.
“Madrid are now the reference point in Europe and the world, without doubt. If we look at how they have been playing these four years, and the health of the team, it looks like it can last some years yet. You never know how far they can go, but the feelings they transmit are stupendous.