Alaba thanks Guardiola for defensive switch
David Alaba has credited former Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola with helping him make the transition from left-back to centre-back.
Alaba, 27, made his name as a full-back but has also played in midfield, with the Austria international a manager’s dream due to his versatility.
Teenager Alphonso Davies has been handed a starting berth as Bayern’s new left-back this season, with Alaba moving inside to a central role in the rearguard.
Davies, 19, has made eight Bundesliga appearances and four starts for the Bavarians, impressing all with his skills and work rate at such a young age.
David Alaba on his new role in the heart of the defense: "I still benefit a lot from my time with Pep Guardiola. I'm taking a lot from that. I try to interpret the centre back role so that I can bring in my strengths like pace and passing" [Bild] pic.twitter.com/xQmQfDhrqX
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Alaba is hardly pensionable just yet and it seems that it is possible to teach an old dog new tricks as the Vienna-born ace has slipped seamlessly into his new slot.
The former Hoffenheim loan star has flown under the radar to a certain extent due to his team-mate’s elevated status and he thanked Guardiola for the contribution that the Manchester City chief made to his development as a player.
“I still profit greatly from my time with Pep Guardiola. I take a lot away from that time,” he said. “I try to interpret the role of centre-back in such a way that I can play to my strengths like speed and passing.”
The duo are likely to be back in action on Tuesday night when Bayern travel to Serbia to take on Red Star Belgrade in week five of the Champions League.
The German giants have already qualified for the knockout stage but will want to nail down top spot in Group B.