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Real Madrid’s defensive star to be a part of his nation’s technical team in Euro 2024 – report

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Ever since joining Real Madrid, David Alaba has been quite unfortunate with injuries. The defender has missed almost the entirety of the campaign through injury.

David Alaba will also miss Euro 2024 due to his ongoing knee injury recovery, but the Austrian star won’t be entirely absent from the tournament.

David Alaba to be a part of Austria’s technical team

Knowing he is not in a position to feature in Euro 2024, Austria coach Ralf Rangnick has offered Alaba a role within the team’s technical staff, a proposal the defender has gladly accepted, reports Rodra P (h/t Madrid Zone).

The 32-year-old suffered a serious knee injury in December against Villarreal, dashing his hopes of playing in the European Championship.

Alaba won’t be able to play in Euro 2024 due to injury (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Despite a positive recovery process, Alaba won’t be ready for competitive action by June 17, when Austria faces France in their opening match.

Alaba is rated highly at Real Madrid

While his absence on the pitch is a blow, Alaba’s leadership and experience remain valuable assets.

At Real Madrid, he is considered a true professional and a model teammate, due to his ability to work in a team and knowledge of the game. Such qualities make him an invaluable member of the Real Madrid setup, the report adds.

Austria recognizes this leadership quality and believe Alaba could be a difference-maker off the pitch, if not on it.

Whether in a formal coaching role or a supportive capacity within the team organization, Alaba’s presence will undoubtedly benefit Austria during the Euros.

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Real Madrid superstar reveals how advice from Brazil legend helped him improve

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Even with all the excitement around Kylian Mbappe, it is Vinicius Junior, who continues to be Real Madrid’s biggest star.

In the past few years, the Brazilian has witnessed substantial growth, notably establishing himself as one of the best players in world football.

Vinicius’ rapid rise to prominence has been backed by numbers as well, with the forward racking up 82 goals and 75 assists in 262 competitive matches for Real Madrid.

Vinicius on receiving advice from Ronaldo

In a recent media interaction, Vinicius Junior, when talking about his success at Real Madrid, revealed that the forward constantly receives advice from his compatriot and former Real Madrid legend Ronaldo.

Vinicius particularly pointed out Ronaldo’s advice in 1v1 situations and how it has helped him improve in such scenarios.

“Ronaldo always calls me and gives me advice, he teaches me so many things. Since he told me that his favourite thing is a 1v1 vs a GK, I thought about it a lot and started working on it really hard,” Vinicius said (h/t Madrid Zone).

Ronaldo regularly speaks with Vinicius. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“Now, every time I’m in a 1v1 with a GK, I’m the calmest guy in the world. Ever since that conversation with Ronaldo, I stopped being afraid of making mistakes in a 1v1,” the forward added.

Vinicius has indeed witnessed an improvement in his 1v1 play in recent years, which has been reflected in his higher goalscoring numbers.

This season, the forward has netted 23 goals in all competitions while racking up 11 assists. His goalscoring prowess, coupled with his ability in 1v1 situations could prove to be critical as Real Madrid take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final next month.

The Brazilian international, though, will be up against a challenging defensive duo of Mats Hummels and Nico Schlotterbeck, who have been able to keep the opposition attacks quiet this season.

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