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Alonso arrives in the Bundesliga
Xabi Alonso made a sound debut for Bayern Munich, when you bear in mind that he only signed on Friday from Real Madrid. Pep Guardiola threw his compatriot straight into the starting lineup for the trip to Schalke.
Alonso looked immediately at home on his Bayern bow, racking up more touches of the ball than anyone else while on the pitch. Alonso was also entrusted with taking free-kicks, giving a clear indication of his standing in the side.
Alonso was replaced with just over 20 minutes to play, and he could not be blamed for Schalke's equaliser.
The Spanish World Cup winner is set to become "Pep's Pivot," especially while another Spaniard, Thiago, remains on the injury list.