David Alaba is confident ahead of the Champions League restart, although he suggests Bayern München may have a disadvantage compared to many of the other teams left in the tournament.
|David Alaba.||Photo: Rufus46, CC BY-SA 3.0|
After a short vacation, Bayern München returned to training on Monday to begin their preparations for next month's return of the suspended Champions League.
The German double-winners beat Chelsea 3-0 in London in the first leg of their last-16 tie prior to the suspension of the Champions League, with the return leg set to be played on 8 August before the conclusion of the tournament between 12 August and 23 August.
While the Bundesliga reached its conclusion at the end of June, other leagues have continued into July. David Alaba suggests that may be a disadvantage for Bayern, but still believes he and his teammates have a good chance of going all the way to win the treble.
"Whether our break will be an advantage or a disadvantage can only be assessed afterwards. The other leagues are in rhythm. Maybe that is more of a disadvantage for us, but we're not looking for excuses. We are confident. We know who we are, and we want to show that on the pitch," Alaba told Kicker and added:
"If you look at our form in the second half of the season, our odds aren't bad. But we still have a long way to go. We must prepare and focus on this tournament."