In his first year with Spanish champions Real Madrid, David Alaba is on the verge of winning the title with “Royals”, for the 29-year-old Vienna player, this will be the tenth in a row after nine consecutive championships with Bayern Munich. Five rounds before the end of the season, Real are just one point away from securing their 35th title early.
The first opportunity to do so comes on Saturday in front of a home crowd against Espanyol Barcelona. The big party afterwards with fans in town as a motivational way has already been planned. “If we can win the title on Saturday, of course we will celebrate,” said Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti. “I think it will help us in the match against Manchester City.”
Because on Wednesday, a duel with the English champions will take place in the second leg of the Champions League semi-finals at the Santiago Bernabeu. Alaba and his teammates around top scorer Karim Benzema will have to make up for the 3:4 first leg of a furious match to keep the cup dream alive.
Alaba is still being beaten
However, it remains unclear whether Alaba will be fit in time for the second leg or even the Espanyol match. The central defender was replaced with adductor problems in the match against Osasuna last week and also had to leave the field after 45 minutes in Manchester. The ÖFB player has promised that he will “do everything” to be able to play again quickly. He had already won the Spanish Super Cup with the Madridista in January.
Real is currently 15 points ahead of Barcelona and Seville. So the Merengues’ 35th championship title is only in theory something to shake up. In addition to Alaba, Ancelotti is also likely to rest for Casemiro, Luka Modric, Ferland Mendy and Benzema against Espanyol, who have lost three of their last four matches. At the tournament celebration planned in Fuente de Cibeles, the fountain of the goddess Cybele, Alaba will of course be there when driving in the open bus.
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