Xabi Alonso, from Zubieta to change Bundesliga history


He should be, Xabi Alonsofirst formed in Antiguo and then on truecalled upon to lift a Champions League as a player with Liverpool and another with him real Madrid, set to become world champion with the Spanish team in 2010 and win the Euro Cups in 2008 and 2012, changing the recent history of the Bundesliga. From Zubieta to BayArena hero. And it was him Bayer Leverkusen led by Xabi Alonso now German champion for the first time after ending the hegemony of a Bavaria who won 11 consecutive Bundesliga titles.

Exactly at Bavaria he retired Xabi Alonso as an active soccer player on May 20, 2017. As a midfielder for the Munich team, he won 3 Bundesligas, a Cup and a German Super Cup. As a coach, after a short stint in the lower categories of Real Madrid, Xabi Alonso He returned to his home in 2019, true, to work on his coaching staff. The coach himself Bayer Leverkusen has emphasized on many occasions how much he has learned with Imanol Alguacil and Roberto Olabe“especially the method,” as he said before on Movistar’s Universo Valdano program.

In said environment Xabi Alonso that stage is already explained in true It was “a testing bed” for him for three years. And that it was “a great pleasure” to achieve promotion to Second in Chance. “It has not been achieved for many years, but competing is like a tough military service. It is a good school for everyone despite the relegation. There was a lack of experience,” said the Basque coach in said interview

The adventure began on October 5, 2022

The true announced on May 25, 2022 the farewell of Xabi Alonso in Chance and on October 5 of that year the adventure of the Basque coach began in Bayer Leverkusenwhere he replaced Gerardo Seoane. The rest is German football history: in his second season on the bench, The coach from Tolosa led the BayArena team to become the German champion for the first time.

Xabi Alonso He has, in the words of his players, the ability to transmit his ideas. He knows how to understand the game, read the games and the rivals. He designed a Bayer Leverkusen opponent on the ball, combined but also vertical, where collective performance is important as well as individual growth of the players. A team that has gone 42 games unbeaten in all competitions.

Meticulous and analytical

When he announced the continuation of Xabi Alonso next season, Fernando CarroCEO of Bayer Leverkusensaid: “Xabi’s meticulous, analytical and, at the same time, sovereign style suits us as Bayer 04. “In addition, he has found in us and in the Bundesliga an excellent environment where, as a young coach, he can further refine his profile.”

They saw him as a substitute Jürgen Klopp at Liverpoolbut Xabi Alonso staying on Bayer Leverkusen and by now he had become the German heir in a sense: he was the first non-Bayern coach to win the Bundesliga since himself. Klopp in 2010-11 and 2011-12. Nothing more and nothing less.

Source: La Verdad


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