Madrid’s Alaba ruled out of UCL clash against Manchester City
Real Madrid defender David Alaba will not play a part in his side’s crunch Champions League semi-final second leg against Manchester City on Wednesday.
Madrid head coach Carlo Ancelotti ruled out the 29-year-old on Tuesday.
Alaba was withdrawn at half-time of last week’s first leg at the Etihad Stadium and did not feature in the 4-0 win over Espanyol on Saturday — the game which saw Madrid confirmed as La Liga champions.
“Alaba can’t play, he’s not ready for the (City) game,” Ancelotti confirmed.
“It can be a long match, so it’s not as important who starts the match as who is going to finish it.”
Nacho replaced Alaba last week and Ancelotti believes that the 32-year-old Madrid academy product will not alter his team’s ability to defend against City — who won the first leg 4-3.
“No, it doesn’t change,” Ancelotti said. “It is collective defensive work.
“Alaba is an important piece, but Nacho has also done very well, he has experience and I am sure he will do well tomorrow.”