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Real Madrid defender hits out at Cristiano Ronaldo’s critics: “Helped shape our generation”



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David Alaba was one of the few Real Madrid players who did not travel to Qatar as Austria failed to qualify for the prestigious event. However, that does not go on to speak anything about the magic in the defender’s boots.

The player has been in superb form for Los Blancos this season and led the defence from the front. Ahead of his return to action on the field, the former Bayern Munich man spoke to Servus TV about his time at Real Madrid and the objectives ahead.

As soon as he arrived for the interview, Alaba sarcastically apologised for being late and joked about the reason.

“Sorry, it took me longer to get here (at the start of the interview). I had to win the Champions League and LaLiga.”

The Austrian International was then asked about his perception of Cristiano Ronaldo and the negative comments made by media against the Real Madrid legend. Alaba stayed firm that he did not like what he saw in the press and praised the Portuguese International.

“What he has done in the last 15 years, I am personally really grateful for. He has helped shape our generation. What he has achieved is unbelievable. It’s sad and a shame that you have to see scenes like that or read such things about him.”

Real Madrid have qualified for the knockouts of the UCL and sit second in LanLiga ahead of the restart of club football. The former Bayern man briefly outlined the team’s objectives for the coming half of the season saying,

“You always set goals for yourself, new goals. Now the second half of the season begins, we are in all competitions and we want to become champions. In UCL, we want to show what we can do, that we belong to the best in the world.”

Making the switch to Real Madrid is seldom easy, especially given the sky-high expectations that come with it. Alaba then commented on his adaptation at the club and how his teammates helped him in the process.

“Joining Madrid? I was with Bayern Munich for 13 years and knew everything inside out. Then you come to a new dressing room, new people, new teammates, a new language, a really different culture. You had to adapt, but the team really made it very easy for me.”

Finally, the player was asked about his feelings about winning the Austrian player of the year award for the ninth time, to which he showed nothing but gratitude.

“Winning the Austrian player of the year for the ninth time? It is a big award, it makes me proud and grateful. It is a huge award for me.” 

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Kovacic speaks ahead of Real Madrid vs Chelsea: “Strange to have Modric as a rival”



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In less than two weeks, Real Madrid will play hosts to Premier League giants Chelsea in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League quarter-final tie at the Santiago Bernabeu.

It is a repeat of last season’s Champions League quarter-final, with the change being that the first leg was played at Stamford Bridge back then, which Real Madrid won triumphantly.

So, even though they lost the second leg 3-2, Los Merengues progressed on aggregate. At one point in the second leg, Real Madrid were 3-0 down and looked to be crashing out of the tournament.

But, that is not how the match played out as Luka Modric produced a moment of magic, sending in a stunning outside-of-the-boot pass for Rodrygo to guide home. That forced the match into extra time and Karim Benzema then scored to seal an aggregate win for his team.

Mateo Kovacic, a former Real Madrid midfielder, was on the losing side with Chelsea on that fateful night. And the Croatian has now spoken to Sportske Novosti, about that moment of magic from Modric last year as well as the prospect of facing Real Madrid again.

“We were good against Real Madrid last year, especially in Madrid. Then Modrić invented that trivela assist for Rodrygo… We have to be at 120% against them. They immediately punish every minor mistake. Although I repeat, we are also a difficult opponent for them, we showed it, Kovacic said.

On the prospect of facing his close friend and national teammate Modric, Kovacic added: “[laughs] how the draw arranges it… It won’t be easy for us because Real Madrid is always the most dangerous team in the Champions League.”

“It’s a strange feeling to have Modric as a rival. There were hard fouls last year because neither he nor I pull back. We will fight for sure. I play on the left, he’s on the right, we will see who wants what. But I wouldn’t like to hurt him,” he added.

Chelsea had met Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League during the 2020/21 campaign as well and had managed to eliminate them at the semi-final stages on their way to winning the title.

While the Blues have not been in the best of form this season, they have the star power and quality in their ranks to hurt Real Madrid and Carlo Ancelotti’s men must be at their best to get through to the next round.

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