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Xabi Alonso as a head coach: Europa League last 4, Bundesliga revival with Bayer Leverkusen

Bayer Leverkusen find themselves in the semifinals of the Europa League this season, and are in contention for European spots in the league. They are currently sixth in the table and have managed to turn things around under Xabi Alonso. 

He took charge of the club when they were 16th in the table. And now, they are back to fighting for the top five places in the table. Leverkusen are unbeaten in their last 12 matches, putting up a very impressive run under the young manager. 

Xabi Alonso’s impressive work with Bayer Leverkusen summed up 

The Spaniard is best known for his playing career, featuring for the likes of Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Liverpool and Real Sociedad during his iconic career. After hanging up his boots with Bayern Munich, he turned to management and took charge of Real Madrid’s youth team in 2018, until 2019. 

He then managed Real Sociedad B from 2019 to 2022, before being handed his first senior team job with Leverkusen in October. He has been coached by some of the best managers in the game, like Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola, Carlo Ancelotti and more. 

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His incredible footballing intelligence has been hailed by the likes of Mourinho himself. And he will be facing his former coach in the semi-finals of the Europa League when they face Roma. 

Xabi Alonso has been able to defeat Bayern Munich during his time in charge of Bayer Leverkusen. And with the streak he has put up, you just wouldn’t count him out of a first final appearance this early into his career. 


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Arsh Das
Arsh Das
A music enthusiast, also passionate about football and bringing you the latest in the sporting world every day.



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