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David Alaba reveals ‘the manager behind his success’



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Since his arrival on a free transfer, David Alaba has become an indispensable part of Real Madrid’s defence. The Austrian international has covered spectacularly after Sergio Ramos’ departure and has been one of, if not the most versatile player, under Carlo Ancellotti.

The former Bayern Munich player is capable of playing at left-back and central midfield, though his main position is at the centre of the defense.

His ability to play in multiple positions is a boon for the manager, but it took Alaba a long time to understand what his best position was on the field.

The defender revealed details about the same in his interview with Die Presse (h/t Fichajes) in which he credits his conversion to a centre-back under Pep Guardiola.

“Pep has always seen something in the players that they themselves did not see. Although I felt comfortable in the centre of defense from the beginning, I did not immediately realize that my future would be there.

“But I think my advantage has always been that can be used in a very flexible way.”

The 29-year-old also revealed that he dreamed of being a striker in his earlier days, before making the switch to the posterior part of the pitch.

“When I was ten years old, I was a center forward at SV Aspern, so I didn’t just dream of scoring goals, in fact I did. In Austria, I was initially on the left wing, then in midfield. I learned a lot from it and gained a lot of experience in the field,” said Alaba.

Alaba has scored one goal and provided three assists so far in La Liga. With 2.5 clearances per game and ten clean sheets, he has proven to be one of the club’s best signings in recent years.

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Video – Barcelona fans chant ‘Vinicius d*e’ ahead of their UCL clash



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In what is starting to become an alarmingly common occurrence, a set of Barcelona fans were spotted hurling abusive chants towards Real Madrid superstar Vinicius Jr.

Barça will be facing PSG in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal today in less than an hour and in the lead-up to the game, a section of the Catalans’ supporters were seen chanting “Vinicius, die” on the streets.

It is not the first time this has happened, with Vinicius being constantly targeted by not only Barcelona fans but supporters of a number of other La Liga clubs.

In fact, last month, Barcelona fans were seen hurling the same chants before their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie against Napoli.

The same had happened outside Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys in Montjuic prior to the Clasico in October last year.

Moreover, this past weekend, a Mallorca fan at Son Moix directed racist abuse towards Vinicius’ Real Madrid teammate, Aurelien Tchouameni.

It is shocking and embarrassing that these incidents continue to occur. It remains to be seen if any action is taken by the concerned authorities against those involved.

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