Bayern Munich’s David Alaba has confirmed that he wants to move away from his current club and Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea could be the perfect club for him. The Austrian defender is looking for a new challenge after 13 years in the Bundesliga and the Premier League would offer him the competition he is looking for. Although he has not decided on which club he wants to join after the season ends, he has made it clear that he will be moving and Chelsea could go for the player whose versatile nature will be very helpful for the new manager.
The 28-year-old defender reckons that he still has around six to seven years left to play and thus he wanted a new experience. He emphasized that by no means was this an easy decision but he had to make it as he wants to experience a new challenge. Alaba confirmed that in no way was this move motivated by money as many had speculated before and that it was completely due to the desire of playing in a new environment.
The defender who has usually played in the left-back position has been linked with the likes of Real Madrid Barcelona and Chelsea. So how exactly does the right-back fall into Tuchel’s system? Well, firstly the London side has a great left-back at the moment, Ben Chilwell. However, the German boss does not like playing with a traditional full-back and prefers wingbacks instead. In the new formation, 3-4-2-1, Tuchel does not require a left-back and he prefers to play Callum Hudson-Odoi and Marcos Alonso as wing-backs.
Why David Alaba would be a perfect fit in Thomas Tuchel’s system at Chelsea
This means that Alaba won’t be able to play in his traditional position however, the Austrian has the unique ability to play anywhere on the defense and on the midfield. He learnt how to adapt to the role of a centre-back and he has played mostly as a centre-back for Bayern Munich the entire season. In an interview with Kicker, last year, he was asked about the possibility of shifting to a center-back role on a permanent basis. He replied,
We’ll see. I’ve played it now a few times.”
“It works very well for the team, because we have the ball very often and play high up the pitch.
“That suits me well.” -Source: football.london
Should the Bayern man decide to play as a center-back, he would be the perfect addition to the new Chelsea side. He would play as the left center-back while Thiago Silva and Antonio Rudiger could take the center-back positions. Although he has not yet committed to the role, he is primarily used as a centre-back now, and thus it would not be surprising if he continues to play in that position. The Blues will of course have to fight Madrid in order to get the player but if they manage to acquire the player, he would be a fantastic addition to the team.
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