Xabi Alonso: 'Real Madrid better after sending off'

Xabi Alonso
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Xabi Alonso says that Real Madrid produced their best football after Manchester United were reduced to 10 men.

Xabi Alonso has admitted that Real Madrid produced their best football after Nani was sent off.

The Manchester United winger was shown a straight red after colliding with Alvaro Arbeloa in Real's 2-1 win over the Premier League leaders earlier this evening.

Alonso told Sky Sports News: "It was a difficult decision to take from the referee, but we have seen in many previous games that it can be harder playing against 10 men. We produced our best minutes after the sending off.

"After that, United pushed really hard and it was difficult not to concede and our goalkeeper was fantastic.

"We knew it was a key week for us, we were fighting, it was make or break. It has gone fantastically."

The loss eliminated United from the competition.

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo is congratulated by team mates after scoring against Manchester United on March 5, 2013
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