The former Liverpool defender was pleased with Los Blancos 32nd league title and attributed their success to Jose Mourinho’s presence.
Real Madrid travelled to Basque country with full knowledge that a victory at the San Mames against Athletic Bilbao will settle the Spanish domestic league championship in their favour.
The Capital club gave a good account of themselves on the road, scoring three goals to claim their 32nd La Liga title. Gonzalo Higuain and Mesut Ozil gave Madrid a two goal advantage in the first half, while Cristiano Ronaldo scored after the
interval to seal the match in their favour.
Reflecting on the situation, Alvaro Arbeloa was quick to attribute their success to head coach, Jose Mourinho. The Spanish international praised the Special One for his great man management skills, likening him to a comely friend rather than a supervisor.
The versatile defender was especially impressed by Mourinho’s trait of being straight with the players, and noted that it is this characteristic that he appreciates the most.
Arbeloa added that he has a great friendship with the two-time Champions League winner, who treats him with the highest regard and can talk on almost every subject.
"He's a great guy and sometimes I look at him as more of a friend who I can talk to about everything. Sometimes we may require maximum points and after a game, he will give you a hug."
"I have no complaints about him, he has always treated me well. Another thing I like about him is that he will tell you what he thinks to your face and that's very important."
Real Madrid’s La Liga triumph usurped Barcelona from the dominant position they have enjoyed in Spain over the course of last three years. Arbeloa took the omens well and believes that it is the Capital club’s turn to reign supreme.
"I think this is our moment. I will say this phrase [to Barcelona], 'Your days of glory will soon come to an end'."
Los Blancos have two domestic outings remaining until the culmination of the 2011/12 season, another away trip against Granada and a meeting with Mallorca at the Santiago Bernabeu.