David Alaba: Everything is bigger at Real Madrid

In an interview with Kicker, David Alaba described the difference between playing for Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.

On playing for Real Madrid

“I felt this special aura and atmosphere from day one. You can tell the history of this club when you walk across the training ground or through the city.”

On the difference between Madrid and 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.”

On playing in La Liga

“Playing wise, La Liga is somewhat different. Even teams like Levante and Alavés 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.”

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