David Alaba can win his third Champions League title on Saturday. In the run-up, he describes the feeling of wearing the Real jersey and what influence Pep Guardiola has had in his career.

Together with the Real Madrid royals, David Alaba has the chance to sit on the throne of Europe again on Saturday.

Speaking to The Athletic ahead of the Champions League final against Liverpool FC, the Austrian, who moved to Real from FC Bayern last summer, explained what meaning the Madrid shirt has for him:

“This shirt does something to you. It gives you this feeling of conviction. You know who you are. You know how good you are. You know what you can do. That confidence and courage affects the game.”

Alaba senses certain aura and atmosphere

He elaborated that the character of the club is to never give up and believe in your abilities. “That’s why we keep coming back. We have experienced many things in football, but what we have done in the last few months is insane,” Alaba stressed.

The 29-year-old remembers his early days at Real well: “I felt it from the first day I arrived here, there’s a certain aura and atmosphere that this club exudes.”

You can feel it from the first moment you step onto the training pitch, the defender said. “It’s something big, something unique, something incredible.”

Father figure Carlo Ancelotti

With his first year almost over, the Austrian praised his coach Carlo Ancelotti: “He knows how success works.” For Alaba, it is no coincidence that he is the only coach who has won the championship in the top 5 leagues in Europe.

But he also gets on very well with the Italian on a human level: “He is a father figure for us. A friend. He is very sociable. He knows how to deal with players.”

Guardiola shows him a new view of football

The coach who has influenced him the most is Pep Guardiola. Alaba played under him for three years at FC Bayern. “I was always quite flexible as a player, but Pep took me to the next level,” the 29-year-old pointed out. Thanks to Guardiola, he has developed the ability to play in different positions, said the Real star.

“I have experienced football differently under him. He showed me a side of football that I didn’t know before,” Alaba underlined. Although he claims to have seen a lot before, Guardiola still showed him many more things.