‘League 17th → 6th + UEL Semifinals’ Coach Alonso’s challenge starts now
Coach Xabi Alonso finished his Europa League journey in the semifinals. However, his challenge begins now.
Bayer Leverkusen drew 0-0 with AS Roma in the second leg of the European Football Association (UEFA) Europa League (UEL) semifinals in the 2022-23 season held at the Bay Arena in Leverkusen, Germany on the 19th at 4 am (Korean time). As a result, Xabi Alonso’s Leverkusen, who were pushed back by the combined score of 0-1 in the first and second games, ended their UEL journey in the semifinals.
What drew attention that day was the coaching match between priests and priests. Coach Xabi Alonso played as a key midfielder for Real Madrid led by Mourinho in the past, winning one La Liga title, one Copa del Rey title and one Supercopa de España title. In this confrontation, his mentor Mourinho won and once again proved his tremendous career to his student coach Alonso.
Even though they lost, Alonso’s Leverkusen clearly stood out. From beginning to end, he pushed Mourinho’s Roma. After taking office, the pressure in high areas dressed in team colors and the quick turnover of air and defense attracted attention. Wirtz and Diaby created opportunities by using their speed during the transition between offense and defense, and both fullbacks Primpong and Becker showed off Alonso’s attacking football by shooting from high positions.
As impressive as the performance he showed at UEL, his performance in the league is impressive. Alonso took over in October last year at Leverkusen, which were in the relegation zone with 1 win and 17th place in the league. In his debut match against Schalke, he started off with a fresh 4-0 win, and after that, he captured Bayern Munich and recorded 13 wins, 5 draws and 6 losses after taking office. As of round 32, he has risen to 6th place. Now, depending on the results of the remaining games, you can aim to advance to the European competition.먹튀검증
Director Alonso’s success is by no means a stroke of luck. Preparations for his managerial career have also been steadily built up. Alonso, who finished his playing career at Bayern Munich in 2017, began his leadership career as a youth coach at Real Madrid after completing the UEFA elite coaching course in 2018, the very next year. In 2019, he took over as manager of Real Sociedad’s B team, where he started his career, and led the league to the second division after 60 years.
In particular, the look he showed at Leverkusen this year has attracted the interest of many big clubs. Rumors are constantly being raised about the appointment of a manager at clubs including Real Madrid and Tottenham. Alonso’s challenge as a manager, who had a successful career as a player and took his first steps as a manager, begins now.