David Alaba has detailed the difference between Bayern Munich and Real Madrid , believing that “everything is a little bigger” in the Spanish capital.
The 29-year-old swapped the Bundesliga for La Liga during the summer transfer window, departing the Allianz Arena after nine years of service in which he picked up a whopping 27 honours.
But Alaba appears to be loving life in Madrid, earning a reported £359,000-a-week at the Santiago Bernabeu.
And in a recent interview with German outlet Kicker ahead of Real’s Champions League match with Shakhtar Donetsk , the Austria international was asked to compare the two clubs.
“Bayern Munich are one of the biggest clubs in the world, the same as Real Madrid,” stated Alaba.
“Both teams represent absolute success. However, at Real Madrid everything is a little bigger, with all due respect to Bayern.”
Both sides consider themselves serial winners, with either of the giants winning four of the past six Champions League titles.
Alaba won his first European crown in 2013 with Bayern alongside current Los Blancos team-mate Toni Kroos , who left Bavaria a year later and has gone on to claim 12 honours in Spain.
Not only is Kroos’ world-class presence a boost for the ex-Die Rotten defender on the pitch, but has been helping him and his loved ones off it.
“He [Kroos] has helped me a lot, also privately,” Alaba went on to say. “His wife has also helped my girlfriend.”
The duo will be hoping to lead Real to a 14th European Cup this season and challenge on a domestic front.
Madrid are second in Group D, behind Moldovan minnows FC Sheriff, who beat Carlo Ancelotti and co at the Bernabeu to record one of the competitions’ most famous upsets.
Asked who he thinks could win the Champions League this term barring his own team, Alaba admitted it is too close to call.
“Bayern Munich definitely have a chance, Liverpool are strong, as are Chelsea and PSG to name a couple,” the versatile defender continued.
“There is a long way to go before reaching the Champions League trophy.”
Ancelotti’s side also sit second in La Liga, one point behind leaders Real Sociedad with a game in-hand.
Alaba scored his first goal for his new club in last month’s El Clasico against arch-rivals Barcelona , finishing off a counter attack with a thumping finish to break the deadlock at the Camp Nou.
However, Los Blancos have been heavily reliant on the form of striker Karim Benzema as of late, who boasts 24 goals or assists in 18 matches for club and country this campaign.
Benzema has subsequently been backed for the upcoming Ballon d’Or , although Lionel Messi remains the outright favourite to claim a seventh award and Alaba’s ex-Bayern team-mate Robert Lewandowski is hoping for his first win.
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