David Alaba: “Everything at Madrid is just a shade bigger”
David Alaba has stated that everything is bigger compared to his former club Bayern Munich. Alaba joined Real Madrid from Bayern Munich last summer and already he looks quite comfortable in his role at Madrid now.
David Alaba has been phenomenal for Real Madrid so far and has started 13 of Real Madrid’s 14 games this season. He has 1 goal, 2 assists and 5 clean sheets in his name. He is one of few players who have scored on their El Clasico debuts. David Alaba is already establishing himself as a fan favourite and he hopes to put in more spectacular performances.
“I felt this special aura and atmosphere from day one,” he told Kicker. “You can tell the history of this club when you walk across the training ground or through the city.”
Asked how Madrid compare with Bayern: “Both clubs stand for absolute success. Bayern are one of the biggest clubs in the world, Madrid too.
“There’s not much to separate them. But here at Madrid, without being disrespectful to Bayern, everything is just a shade bigger still.”
“I came here to write my own story and play my game,” he said. “I get the comparisons every now and then, but I don’t really bother with them.
“People accept that I’m here now and play my football. We are also different types of players who can hardly be compared with one another.”
“Playing wise, LaLiga is somewhat different,” he said. “Even teams like Levante and Alaves try to play football out from the back.
“As a central defender I have fewer aerial duels after goal-kicks than in the Bundesliga. There it’s played forward more directly.
“In Spain, on the other hand, a lot of stock is placed on ball possession, even by teams who are quite far down the table.
“It’s hard to say which is tougher, but they’re certainly different.”