“Alaba can’t play”. In these four words, Carlo Ancelotti confirmed on Monday, directly, strongly and beyond any doubt, that the Austrian defender will not be able to play against Manchester City in the second leg of the Champions League semi-finals. Wednesday at 9:00 am..

Later, David Alaba was added to the 23-man squad (all present, injured Isco, Hazard and Bale), keeping the minimal hope that exists at the club, he will finally be ready to play a minute in such a decisive match.

In any case, Ancelotti confirmed that this will happen. nacho fernandez acting in the center of defense Militaryeven emphasizing that the forced card change will not lead to tactical changes in the way the enemy defends his attacks, Manchester City.

The absence of the Austrian defender is very bad news for Real Madrid as their first leg at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday ended in a 4-3 win last week. However, the data show otherwise.

After finishing his contract with Bayern Munich in his first season in Spain, Alaba took part in 45 of his 50 official matches for Real Madrid as a starting match.. Only five were lost due to physical problems… and the white team won all five.

His first absence was on the fourth game day of LaLiga, in the game that marked Madrid’s return to the Santiago Bernabéu after the pandemic. The Chamartín club reported that the Austrian was suffering from overload and his natural place was almost always taken by Nacho. The result against Celta was 5-2 in favor of Whites.

After three months of playing all games without exception, Alaba’s next defeat took place on December 22. San Mamés’ league commitment. In this case, during the great epidemic that the white presence was experiencing at the time, the culprit of its absence was Covid-19. Real Madrid managed to beat Athletic 1-2, although Ancelotti had to go to Bilbao with only 14 assists.

After returning from vacation, Alaba was again absent from the Spanish Super Cup semi-final against Barcelona due to muscle problems, without further details. The match continued until overtime and a goal was scored. Faith Valverde White confirmed the pass in the final with Alaba in the eleven where Madrid was super champions against Athletic.

The former Bayern player’s penultimate absence was on 26 February during the Whites’ visit to Vallecas. This is due to slight discomfort in the adductor, who urged Madrid to be cautious. At a discreet party of Ancelotti, Karim Benzema’s goal He served to add three points to Rayo in the 83rd minute.

The last time Madrid had to play without Alaba was precisely last Saturday in the duel against Espanyol, where the Madrid club were mathematically LaLiga champions. He was relieved to be out of the game after being injured and forced to retire from Etihad. Casemiro and Jesus Vallejo, in a strange pair of powerhouses forced by circumstances. This is the only time Nacho, who has been suspended, hasn’t taken his place as a left defender.

This Wednesday, the Spanish defender will once again replace Alaba, for the third time this season. Carvajal, Militao and Mendy, which remains invincible. will be ahead CasemiroMadrid, which shared the statistics with Alaba until the Manchester City match: Madrid won all the matches of the season (six) that Brazil did not play.

Alaba’s record against the ‘Citizen’ team was also broken. And it’s not just that Madrid always wins when not Austrian, it’s also that they’ve won this before. changed games: Visits to Granada, Sheriff, Alcoyano and Osasuna and league duel against Getafe at the Bernabéu. For now, Alaba never wore the Madrid jersey that came out of the bench.

The balance of the 45 matches played by the Austrian player this year has increased to 31 wins, 6 draws and 8 losses. And so far this season, only Thibaut Courtois and Militao played more minutes than him. This points to it as essential, but seeing the data of its absence is not so essential.