A feast for the eyes for neutral spectators and above all for those who keep it with Manchester City: the 4: 3 between the Skyblues and Real Madrid in the semi -finals of the premier class. There was no trace of ecstasy on the face of David Alaba after the final whistle. No wonder, his team had literally let himself overturn. In addition, the chief of defense, which had already been struck, had to get off the field after 45 minutes.
Alaba disappointed – but not surprised
“It was better,” said the disappointed ex-Munich at the “Prime Video” microph1. And analyzed in a variety of ways: “They made life very difficult for us.”
Especially at the beginning of the first half, the Madrilenes seemed overwhelmed by the sheer intensity of the home side. City played real on the wall. The reason? “I think a great advantage is the coach you have,” said Alaba in the direction of Pep Guardiola, under which he was a player during his time between 2013 and 2016. “I know that very well.”
Nothing is decided for the 29-year-old: “We are still alive,” Alaba summons for the second leg in eight days, on Wednesday (9 p.m., live! At final whistle), in Bernabeu. “Of course we are aware of that.”
This is a quality that may also distinguish us a bit this season.
The reasons are obvious. In the premier class, a Real Madrid, which was already written off, was able to turn off twice against Paris St. Germain in the round of 16 and a round later against Chelsea FC and still progress with spectacular comebacks. “This is a quality that may also distinguish us a bit this season,” said Alaba.
And then there is a certain Karim Benzema. The Frenchman, currently in the form of his life and with 14 goals top scorer in the premier class, also shone in Manchester. With his direct acceptance for the meantime 1: 2 and the ingenious penalty chip to 3: 4, he made a significant contribution to the fact that the second leg does not seem to be insoluble for Madrid.
“Incredible,” Alaba described his teammate, who already has nine goals in the knockout round this season (the record is ten of ex-Madrilene Cristiano Ronaldo). It is “difficult to find words” for the brilliance of the striker – which it probably also takes in eight days.