Alonso and Lahm both retired at the end of last season, taking with them vast experience and leadership, but Alaba is optimistic about Die Roten’s ability to continue winning without the world-class duo.
“Of course, losing Philipp and Xabi will affect the team – they are world-class players and they were so important for us,” Alaba told Four Four Two magazine.
“You’re wondering, ‘How will we replace them?’ But we have a great team and we are determined to still be successful.
“We have the players who are able to play in more than one position, so everyone has to help fill the holes left by Philipp and Xabi.
“We have a lot of good players here who can lead the team, and when you put that together with Bayern Munich’s winning mentality we have the chance to be great.”