(On preparing for the World cup final) I tried to do everything just as I would before any other match, but it was impossible.
I like cards and I play once in a while.
I like Japanese food, but Puyol is obsessed with it.
(On Luis Aragones and his blunders with last names) One time he called me Alfonso.
I was impressed watching it later on TV. After watching it so many times and in slow motion, I saw that it was so much more violent and aggressive than I had thought when it happened on the field. - on the kick he received from Nigel de Jong during the finals of 2010 World Cup
In the end, we identified with all the songs and they became our songs, although they weren’t the types of songs I like. But in that moment they were fun and appropriate. But I don’t usually listen to them in the car. - Xabi on songs Sergio Ramos played for them during Euro 2008
(On the World Cup) The Cup doesn’t only belong to the 23 players. Many people worked during a long time to get to this point.
If there are kids who bite and kids who are bitten, I was more of the biting type... very much so.
In Liverpool, I learned to face problems that back home, in San Sebastián, I had never even thought about.
(on building Real Madrid) It is always about improving and making progress. This is the second year of the project (under Mourinho) and that gives us continuity.
We know each other better, the idea is there, now we just have to improve. We do not have to be obsessed, the best thing is that titles come naturally. (on Real Madrid's upcoming season, 2011-2012)
An uneven playing surface will affect us more than them. They play more of a more direct, aerial game and we prefer a passing game so we are bound to suffer if the pitch isn't in good condition.
We don't need to talk about catching Chelsea at the moment. We have to look after our own results first. It's difficult to see them dropping too many points but you never know.
We will have to go to win. There's no other option. We have one more match.
It is one of the keys to beating Manchester United that those two are controlled.
It's better not to look at the table at this moment. We must try to think only about our next Premiership match.
We've won a lot of matches over the last couple of months and it can be a frustration when you see the gap isn't really closing.
We are trying to use all the options we have at the moment, but I think you can see we still need a little more,