While the Real Madrid half the League was left in the Camp Nou after the defeat against Barça (2-1) and again questioned the continuity of Charles Ancelotti leading the team next season (the Champions will possibly pass sentence), one of the candidates who has sounded strong to replace him, Xabi Alonsoturned the Bundesliga with the victory of his team, the Bayer Leverkusen before him Bayern Munich (2-1), remounting exequiel palacios with a double penalty the initial goal of Kimmich and removing the Bavarians from the Bundesliga leadership in favor of Borussia Dortmund. Quite a blow considering that next April 1 they face first and second.
In his first match against his former club, in which he also retired as a footballer, Xabi He emerged victorious and the former Merengue player continues to harden himself and gradually accumulates merits to one day occupy the white bench. He is, together with the eternal aspirant Mauricio Pochettino, the best positioned. There are only doubts due to his theoretical lack of experience on a big bench, but his career in Germany is convincing more and more skeptics.
Alonso has transformed Leverkusen. He took charge of the German team in October, classified in the penultimate position of the table with only one win in eight games, far from the European places and eliminated from the German Cup by a Third, the Elversberg (4-3). Since then, and despite a small initial stretch of doubts, he managed to start the machine and has been putting together an interesting and recognizable team, with a very unique style of play and that is paying off. 17 matches in the domestic championship later, with 10 wins, 2 draws and five losses, they have placed him in eighth place in the table, just three points behind the places that give him the right to play in Europa. Who knew last fall…
In addition, the Basque has his team in the quarterfinals of the Europa League. Coming from the Championswhere he managed to tie with Atlético y witches to ensure entry into the second competition, eliminated in the latter to Monaco y Ferencvaros in sixteenths and eighths. Now they will see one of the surprises of this tournament, the Union Saint-Gilloise.
the hand of Xabi Alonso in it Leverkusen It has been noticed both in defense and attack. The man from Tolosa has a great impact on the intensity in the duels, on the high pressure up front, on the importance of the lanes for offensive football, on the kicking of the ball from the goalkeeper and on trying to dominate the ball. All without giving up knowing how to defend when it’s his turn to do so and to counterattack if necessary. It is a very complete style of play. A way to play that in the Santiago Bernabeu can convince.