Playing directing has been a perfect transition for Alonso, who is doing wonders with Die Werkself.
Xabi Alonso is doing remarkable things with Bayer Leverkusen, who currently lead the Bundesliga standings and also continue to compete in both the DFB-Pokal and the UEFA Europa League. They are yet to lose a Bundesliga game so far this season and this weekend’s clash against Bayern Munich has huge implications for who will lift the title. Teachers School At the end of May.
Manuel Neuer, Joshua Kimmich and Thomas Müller will face a coach they already played with at Bayern during Alonso’s time as a player there. The former Spanish international spent three years in the recording master before finally hanging up his boots, after having won a large number of trophies during his career in Germany, Spain and England since his time at Bayern, real Madridand Liverpool.
Ahead of this weekend’s important clash between first and second in the Bundesliga, Neuer explained how similar Alonso’s training style is to the way he himself played. The tactics he implements at Leverkusen have worked incredibly well so far this season and have proven to be a tough nut to crack when it comes to keeping them off the scoresheet and scoring against them.
“It’s how Xabi played when he was a player. He learned to play a good aerial game, to play with a lot of possession, and he passed it on to his team. He is a player who really enjoyed having the ball and his team has that character, he wants to have the ball and not chase it,” Neuer recently explained about Alonso’s style of play and handling (via @iMiaSanMia).
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Just like anyone who’s been paying close attention to how high Die Werkself has increased since Xabi Alonso took over as coach, Neuer recognizes how well his former teammate fits in with Leverkusen. He “he took charge of the team at a very difficult time and yet he immediately showed that things were only going in one direction. You can immediately see that Xabi Alonso and Bayer Leverkusen fit together very well and that has an impact on the players,” praised the Bayern goalkeeper.
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