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Alaba: We're unbelievably fired up for Saturday

Postby FCBayernNews » Wed May 09, 2012 12:00 pm

Any 19-year-old at Bayern whose record for the season shows 30 Bundesliga appearances, ten in the Champions League and five in the DFB Cup has had an outstanding campaign. David Alaba is an authentic shooting star, with confirmed regular status in Jupp Heynckes' team, and a place in the Bayern fans' hearts. "I never thought it would go as well as this," the Austrian international confessed to fcbayern.de. Alaba is now determined to finish the campaign with a trophy. He is suspended for the Champions League final on 19 May, which makes him even more determined to succeed against Dortmund this Saturday: "I'm unbelievably fired up," he declared.

Interview: David Alaba

fcbayern.de: David, just days to go until the first final...
David Alaba: Yes! The whole team and of course myself, we're unbelievably fired up for Saturday. Playing in a final like this is a dream come true for me.

You have a few days of training still to go. Are you working hard?
If we keep training like this we'll be perfectly prepared for the cup final. There's real energy and its incredible fun.

The fans are really looking forward to the finals as well. Do you sense a special atmosphere in the city?
Definitely, just look at how many fans turned up to watch training today. The fans are right behind us, and we want to repay them with excellent performances in the finals against Dortmund and Chelsea.

Dortmund are first up on Saturday. Are you optimistic?
All our hard work is aimed at winning the match. We've invested a huge amount this season to make it as far as the final, and now we want the cup. It'll be an exciting match.

Turning to the Champions League final, are you over the initial shock at knowing you can't play?
I'm trying not to get worked up about it, concentrating on Dortmund instead. Everything else comes after that. Obviously, I'm still a little bit disappointed, and maybe it's not completely sunk in yet. But I'll support the lads to the best of my ability and cheer them on from the stands.

Are you proud of making the final on home turf?
Certainly, but we're not yet where we want to end up. We know we have another step to take.

That would mean beating Chelsea. How do you think they'll play?
They'll be very dangerous and strong, but we'll prepare perfectly and resist right from the off. As we saw against Barcelona, they have a very good team and they defend well. And upfront you have Drogba, who's a machine.

You've personally had an excellent season, appearing in almost every match. Have your dreams come true?
You always hope it'll happen, although I never thought it would go as well as this. But I'm still just starting my career and I want to keep developing as best I can. That's why I always give it everything.

Jupp Heynckes has often praised your effort in training.
I almost always totally enjoy training. With only a couple of exceptions, I really look forward to our sessions every morning. But the most important thing is knowing the coach, his staff and my team-mates are totally behind me and helping me in every possible way. That's not something you take for granted.

The season is drawing to a close. Are you looking forward to the holidays?
Basically I'd have been happy just to play on, because it's going so well. But I'm aware that a rest would do me good. I need to take a break, ready to give it everything again next season.

You and Austria failed to make the European championship. Sad about that?
It is a shame, yes. I'm wishing Germany the best of luck. They have a very good team and I know lots of the players personally. They would deserve to win it.

And when will we see Austria at a major tournament?
It'll come. Just watch us really go for it at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil (laughs).

Finally, has Jerome Boateng now learned to understand your Viennese accent?
It's getting better, although sometimes he does have to ask me: 'Huh? What did you just say?'
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