- David Alaba said Carlo Ancelotti told him he'd score a free kick winner for Real Madrid, moments before stepping onto the pitch
- The 30-year-old defender came on as a substitute to dispatch the set piece that gave the La Liga champions a 2-1 win at Almeria in their first game of the season
- Alaba will be looking to replicate his achievements in his first year in Spain when he won the La Liga and Champions League titles with Real Madrid
Carlo Ancelotti predicted David Alaba would score a free-kick winner in Real Madrid’s opening La Liga game against Almeria on Sunday, August 14.
David Alaba had scored a 74th-minute set piece to hand Real Madrid the lead against the newly promoted team just moments after coming on as a substitute for Los Blancos.
According to ESPN, the 30-year-old Austrian defender has now revealed Carlo Ancelotti told him he was going to score just moments before coming on from the bench.
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"Before I came on, Ancelotti told me to take the free kick because I was going to score. After the goal, he said to me, 'See, I told you!'"
Real Madrid defeated Almeria 2-1 after coming from behind with goals from Lucas Vazquez and David Alaba to nullify the initial advantage given the newly-promoted side by Largie Ramazani.
Carlo Ancelotti confirms Real Madrid retirement plans
Meanwhile, Real Madrid manager, Carlo Ancelotti, who began his career as the assistant manager of Italy in 1992 and later served as the manager of 10 teams, may retire as soon as 2024.
According to The Sun, Ancelotti has confirmed that Real Madrid will be his last club with his current deal with Los Blancos set to expire in the summer of 2024.
Ancelotti is the only manager who has won Europe’s top five leagues after winning the English Premier League, German Bundesliga, French Ligue 1, and Spanish La Liga.
Real Madrid begin title defense with comeback win over Almeria
Earlier, Sports Brief reported Real Madrid came from a goal down to secure a 2-1 victory over newly-promoted Almeria on the opening day.
David Alaba was the hero, scoring the clincher just seconds after coming off the bench.
Carlo Ancelotti's side trailed to an early goal by Largie Ramazani away against their newly-promoted opponents, but Lucas Vazquez equalised just after the hour mark.
Source: Sports Brief News