The Real star on his leadership role in the team, the defeat with Real against Tiraspol and his alleged dream.
“Un, dos, tres. Do you hear me? ”David Alaba demonstrates at the virtual media appointment that after a good two months at Real Madrid, he no longer speaks all Spanish. “I am very happy to be at Real. It's fun to get to know a new culture and language, ”says Austria's soccer star after his transfer.
The fact that Bavaria's honorary president Uli Hoeneß recently teased in his direction by telling of a statute-barred conversation with Alaba, in which the player is said to have talked about his dream of playing for Barcelona once, costs Alaba a laugh. “I can even remember the conversation very well,” says Alaba. “But it was a bit different from what Hoeneß presented.”
His good mood in Madrid could not detract from the latest results. Not even the 1: 2 against Sheriff Tiraspol in the Champions League. “Immediately after the game we were empty, also emotionally, a bitter evening. But a game that would certainly end differently if we played against each other more often. “
Alaba has long been in demand as a leader in the national team. Also for 18-year-old Yusuf Demir. “I talk to him a lot on the team. While eating, Yusuf sits across from me. ”Alaba knows the spotlight that currently surrounds the youngster from his own past. “He does it well, if he needs help, he knows that he can ask me at any time.”
Alaba has long been convinced that Demir can help the national team in the future. “I've been following him for a year, not just since he's in Barcelona. We will have a lot of fun with him in the future. Yusuf just has to be himself. I am glad that we have him with us and we are both proud that we represent Austria at these clubs. I can speak for Yusuf there too. “
Alaba cannot speak for the team boss or even the missing players like Marko Arnautovic. “We have the quality to be able to replace the failures. And Yusuf has the quality to play from the start. The trainer decides whether he does it. “