Alonso shows his genius again, Leverkusen is on the verge of a treble

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, LEVERKUSEN — Bayer Leverkusen is still difficult to contain. Most recently, Leverkusen has continued its positive record.

Xabi Alonso’s polished squad was mighty when they met West Ham United in the first leg of the Europa League quarter-finals for the 2023/24 season. Die Werkself took a 2-0 lead over West Ham at BayArena, Friday (12/4/2024) early morning WIB. The German representative’s chances of moving to the next phase are increasingly wide open.

“We are happy with the result, even though it was not easy. They defended very deep and always had lots of players in the penalty area,” said Alonso, quoted from his club’s official website.

He saw that his troops were not in a hurry. Granit Xhaka and his colleagues remained calm in controlling the ball. The results are sweet.

The goal that the home crowd had been waiting for finally arrived. About seven minutes before normal time ended, Jonas Hofmann found the net for the visitors. Alonso showed intelligence in his substitution strategy.

He brought on Hofmann in the 77th minute. Not long after he was on the field, the winger immediately broke the deadlock. Then in injury time, precisely in the 90+1 minute, Victor Boniface made Leverkusen widen the distance.

Just like Hofmann, Boniface also only came down the mountain in the middle of the second half. These substitutes made the difference. Die Werkself supporters laughed out loud.

“We were waiting for our moment, and the moment finally arrived, even though it was late. We always need all the players. Everyone has to be ready when they come on. You could see it today,” said Alonso.

These results make Leverkusen unbeaten in 42 consecutive matches this season. The calculations are from various events. The German representative is still active in all competitions.

If they win one more match, Jonathan Tah et al will certainly finish in the top position in the Bundesliga. Die Schwarzroten also qualified for the top match of the DFB Pokal. Alonso’s men meet FC Kaiserslautern.

Then, Leverkusen has the opportunity to advance to the semifinals of the Europa League. This means that Die Werkself is ready to make big history. The club has the potential to win the treble this season.

2024-04-12 06:46:00
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