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Alonso Targets Winning Start

Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso is targeting a winning start to 2013 when they clash with his former club Real Sociedad on Sunday.

The Spain international admits that it is going to be a special occasion for him, but said that he would be going all out to help Madrid win the game.

"The match against Real Sociedad will be a special one for me, but all feelings will be set aside on Sunday and we'll fight for the win," he was quoted as saying on the club's official website.

"We want to kick off 2013 with a win, but it will be a special match because I have friends that play on the rival team. Also because they're a team who I've supported for my entire life. I have a connection with them, mainly because of my father.

"But now it's time to play the game, we fight for what's ours and all those feeling will be set aside for the match."

Alonso also urged his teammates to move on after a disappointing finish to 2012, saying that they must continue to fight.

"We have to do things right, be a team and feel confident in spite of the poor results," he added.

"We have to recover that confidence, that fluidity when we play score the most goals possible and recover those good feelings. Gradually create a solid base for the important games coming up in February and March.

"You have a better year by being professional and looking ahead. It's 2013 now and we want to continue celebrating new successes, not resting on our laurels, and win important titles like we did last year."

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