In an interview with Bild (h/t Diario AS), David Alaba opened up about teammates past and present, a move for one of them to their biggest rivals Barcelona, and his former coach Pep Guardiola who he is set to face in new colours.
The Austrian also spoke about the highs and lows of his successful career so far. Real Madrid are set to face Manchester City in the semifinals of the Champions League to vie for a spot in the final in Paris.
The match will see Alaba play against his former Bayern Munich coach Guardiola. On the prospect of facing the Spaniard, he said:
“We haven’t been in contact lately, but it will be good to see him again. We had a great time together at Bayern. But this time the objective is to annoy and beat him.”
Continuing the theme of Bayern Munich, the defender was asked about Robert Lewandowski, his ex-teammate who has been heavily linked with a move to bitter rivals Barcelona in recent weeks.
“It’s his decision and I’m sure he’ll do the right thing. What I can say for sure is that there probably isn’t any defender who would like to play against him,” said the 29-year-old.
Alaba then touched upon the 8-2 win against Barcelona as a Bayern player, which remains one of his fondest career memories alongside the numerous trophies, but also highlighted the semis and final of the 2012 Champions League as his lowest points.
His being booked in the semifinals meant he could not feature in the thrilling final against Chelsea. Alaba then heaped praise on current Madrid teammate Karim Benzema.
The Frenchman has been a talismanic presence for Los Blancos, and has been enjoying the form of his life as Madrid inch closer to the La Liga title.
“Benzema was always a world class striker, but he hit a different level this season. We are all so happy to have him in the team,” Alaba said. He also hoped that Benzema continues to play at this level for a bit more time.
Brahim, Tchouameni start in a 4-3-1-2: How Real Madrid could lineup against Sevilla
Real Madrid are set to play hosts to Sevilla this evening, in what could prove to be a critical match in the context of the title race.
Although Los Blancos hold a formidable lead at the top of the table, the club are coming on the back of a disappointing result against Rayo Vallecano.
Dropping more points against Sevilla tonight could prove to be costly, especially with Barcelona and Girona breathing down their necks.
Potential Real Madrid lineup vs Sevilla
As Real Madrid approach this crucial game, coach Carlo Ancelotti has to make several arrangements, especially with so many players ruled out either due to injury or suspension.
Starting from the goalkeeper position, Thibaut Courtois remains out, which means Andriy Lunin should continue in between the sticks, ahead of the unhappy Kepa Arrizabalaga.
In the right-back position, Ancelotti is likely to opt for Lucas Vazquez, as Dani Carvajal is suspended after picking up two yellow cards in the last game.
On a bright note, though, Antonio Rudiger is back and should return to central defence. He will be accompanied by Nacho Fernandez at the heart of Real Madrid’s four-man backline.
Elsewhere in defence, Ferland Mendy should continue to start ahead of Fran Garcia in the left-back position.
Moving into midfield, Eduardo Camavinga has been ruled out due to suspension. However, Ancelotti does have a myriad of options in the middle of the park.
Aurelien Tchouameni should continue to operate in the number six position, just behind the two interior midfielders Toni Kroos and Federico Valverde.
Luka Modric is an option on the bench, should Ancelotti require more experience in the middle.
As for the attack, the Real Madrid frontline should be led by Brahim Diaz once again, even though he faces fierce competition from Joselu.
Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo, on the other hand, are guaranteed choices in the wide attacking spaces, though Ancelotti does have Arda Guler and Alvaro Rodriguez as potential alternatives.