Currently on tour with FC Bayern München in the USA, David Alaba sat down with bundesliga.com to discuss his favourite things about the States, how new coach Carlo Ancelotti is adapting to life at the champions, the departure of his close friend Mario Götze and the Bavarians' lofty aims for the new season.
bundesliga.com: David Alaba, you've been in the USA since Monday with FC Bayern…
David Alaba: …and we've all been looking forward to it! We're playing in Chicago, Charlotte and New York against teams like AC Milan, Inter Milan and Real Madrid. It's a real challenge for us, but our legions of fans in the US are really happy, and we're also here as ambassadors for the Bundesliga.
bundesliga.com: You yourself often visit the USA. What do you like particularly about the country?
Alaba: The people, the country – I've been here a lot on holiday and have always felt very comfortable.
bundesliga.com: So the aim now is to focus fully on what's to come?
Alaba: I spent three weeks at home in Vienna with my family and meeting friends. That did me a lot of good and allowed me to start looking ahead again. As a club we have really lofty aims with the new coach, and that's what we're focussing on.
bundesliga.com: So with Carlo Ancelotti and David Alaba, FC Bayern are even more motivated than usual?
Alaba: This club and the players that play for it are always motivated. We want to win as many trophies as possible – that's what's expected of us. As for Carlo Ancelotti: we don't need to speak much about him, just look at his CV.
bundesliga.com: Let's talk about Borussia Dortmund, a club currently going through a lot of personnel changes. Do you think that BVB will remain one of your closest challengers?
Alaba: Yes, I'm convinced of that. Over the last few years, Dortmund have always managed to put a very good team together. That will definitely be the case again this season. We're going to have to give it our all again so that we can be top come the end of the campaign.
bundesliga.com: You were speaking about Carlo Ancelotti just before. Could you give us one way in which he is different to Pep Guardiola?
Alaba: As I said before, every coach has his own way of doing things. Perhaps you could say that Ancelotti is the type of coach who speaks a lot with his players. But he hasn't really been here for very long, and a lot of players are still on holiday after the Euros. We haven't had the full squad together yet. Every day someone is arriving back, and soon we'll be able to give it our all with everyone present and correct.