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Alaba talks Valverde, Benzema, Messi, Vinicius, Ancelotti ahead of Real Madrid vs Chelsea

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Real Madrid defender David Alaba has insisted that no one in the locker room is taking Chelsea for granted, saying that although everyone is confident, they expect the game to be decided by details.

Real Madrid welcome Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final first-leg tie at Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday and despite the fact that the Blues are largely troubled with injuries and unavailability of players, no one is underestimating the Premier League side.

“A match like this is very special, it will be decided by details. We are very confident and we want to move on to the next round,” the defender told the media. “They continue to have a great squad. The key will be to trust ourselves.

“We do not underestimate Chelsea. They have a great squad and a great team. We are focused on pressing from the first minute and trying to win. 

“They are a strong team despite the changes they have made in recent weeks. We have to stay focused,” he added.

Real Madrid midfielder Federico Valverde has been in the news of late after he punched Villarreal Alejandro Baena in the face for allegedly making a personal comment about the former’s unborn child.

When asked about how things are at the moment, Alaba said, “He’s fine. He has our full support. He’s fit and focused for tomorrow’s game. I can’t say more about what happened with Baena.”

Over the years, Alaba has developed a reputation of being one of the most versatile players in the sport. The Austrian defender, who can play as a centre-back and as a left-back, can also operate as a midfielder and while speaking about it, he revealed his preferred position.

“I have played in many positions throughout my career. My coaches have always wanted to try me. But I insist, at centre back is where I like it the most. I’m a very flexible player and now I’m playing as a centre-back. I feel very good there.”

The pressure of winning the UEFA Champions League at Real Madrid is evidently higher than any other club and the former Bayern Munich defender, who admits that he will support the Bavarians tonight against Manchester City, agreed to the same level.

“If you look at Madrid’s history, the pressure is always very high, but we love it. It’s a very big club and we have to handle this pressure. We want them to be proud of us.”

At the same time, he admitted, “Madrid are favourites, 99% of the time. You have to do it well, work and try to be successful”

By now, Real Madrid only have two titles left in sight; Copa del Rey and the UEFA Champions League. As far as the league title is concerned, they have conceded it to their bitter rivals Barcelona and Alaba says there is absolutely no point in sulking over it.

“La Liga? The goal was to win it. But we have to move on, be calm, go little by little and fight each game, one by one.”

Alaba sparked controversy after news emerged that he chose Lionel Messi ahead of his Madrid teammate Karim Benzema in The Best awards. While speaking about it, he explained,

“I’m sure you know why I did it. It’s not me who chose Leo before Karim. We are a team (Austrian team) and everyone can vote. This was the result.”

Things might look calm from the top but everyone is quite aware of the fact that Carlo Ancelotti might leave Real Madrid at the end of the season to join the Brazil national team. So when asked about his take on the news, the defender said,

“Of course, he is a great coach. He has shown many times what a coach he is. He has a lot of experience and has been very successful. We are very happy to have him and we would like him to continue.”

Lastly, the 30-year-old also had a few words reserved for the partnership of Karim Benzema and Vinicius Jr. 

“They are a great couple and we are delighted to have them with us. They play very well together because they train very well. Karim is a leader and always tries to help the younger players, like Vini.”

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Ancelotti-favourite defender will leave Real Madrid if club signs 23-year-old ace

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With Kylian Mbappe’s signing now a completed objective, Real Madrid turn to what was always considered the second most critical operation of this summer – Alphonso Davies.

The Canadian full-back has been on Los Blancos’ radar for a while now, but with his contract with Bayern Munich running until 2025, his signing is seen to be a tad bit more complicated.

The Bavarians’ firm stance that they wish to persist with the speedster, needless to say, has only made the objective more complicated for Los Blancos.

No room for three

Despite Bayern Munich’s repeated advances towards Davies in recent weeks, Real Madrid are firm that they will attempt to sign the player this summer.

In light of the Canadian full-back’s possible arrival, Cadena SER reveals that Ferland Mendy will almost certainly leave Real Madrid if Davies’ signing is pulled off.

Carlo Ancelotti is clear that he has no room for three left-backs in his squad. One of Fran Garcia and Mendy must thus leave the Spanish capital in such a scenario and the Frenchman is better placed on that front.

Ferland Mendy (L) could leave Real Madrid if Davies arrives.. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Mendy’s current deal in Madrid runs out next year and the player has been informed that a decision over his future at the club will be taken shortly.

On track with Davies

The Spanish outlet also reveal that the Canadian speedster rejected an offer from Bayern Munich in recent hours and that his departure from the Bavarian capital is not ruled out.

Bayern Munich demand a sum of €50 million for the dynamic full-back. Real Madrid, however, have set a spending limit of €30 million for the youngster and will not exceed that sum in any scenario.

Vincent Kompany’s men thus have a critical decision to make, for allowing Davies to run down the final year on his deal may well back-fire as did the case of Kylian Mbappe with PSG.

Real Madrid, as it stands, appear to be in the driver’s seat.

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