David Alaba has been signed by Real Madrid with his vast experience at senior level, with more than 400 games for German Champions Bayern Munich.
The other thing that worked to win Madrid however was that they had found the man who was on the winning side all three times against his arch-rivals, Barcelona.
The notable was the UEFA Champions League humiliating the Bavarians given Barcelona in 2019/20 when they won 8-2 at the empty Estadio da Luz.
David Alaba was also present when Bayern won 7-0 in all competitions in the 2012/13 European elite tournament, with the Germans winning the 2nd leg of their 2014/15 Champions League semi-final 3-2.
He progressed professionally from full-back to the first two, registering an assist on each tire while closing his side. And then at 8-2, he lined up at left-back, where coach Carlo Ancelotti would like to play for Real Madrid, even if he had to move left-back in the absence of Ferland Mendy and Marcelo.
David Alaba is proving to be the best signing so far, having played in the fourth minute for Real Madrid, and has provided more assistants than anyone other than Karim Benzema and Vinicius Junior.
His long-awaited partnership with Eder Militao will take some time to blossom, but where Alaba plays on Sunday, they have the potential to inflict damage on Real Madrid’s old rival.