Alonso: We will play our own game rather than focus on Ronaldo

 Jose David Lopez
 In Gdansk
 

Spain midfielder Xabi Alonso believes there is no need to make a contingency plan to deal with Portugal forward and Real Madrid club team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo.

La Roja have attracting criticism from some quarters more their apparent below-par displays at Euro 2012, but have conceded just once and are the second-highest scorers left in the competition with eight goals.

Ronaldo had a lacklustre start to the competition, but has come to the fore in his country's last two games, scoring all three goals and going close to adding more on numerous occasions.

Alonso, though, believes there is no need for the Spanish camp to become obsessed about the 27-year-old, and feels the team must defend as a unit and play as they do normally to progress to Sunday's final.

Alonso, speaking to Goal.com, said: "Do you plan anti-Ronaldo? We have nothing planned, we always play with the same idea independently of the rival.

"We can analyse and make small adjustments. The best way to stop players is by being together and leaving no spaces."

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The Spaniard also appeared to dismiss any suggestions that the 'double pivot' of himself and Barcelona's Sergio Busquets as a defensive midfield pairing, does not work for the national team.

Alonso added: "Have you finished the discussion of the double pivot? The internal debate has never existed. We are very confident and very sure of how we play, and the idea we want to establish whether we are players on the field. We have come very far and we will continue."

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