Xabi Alonso, new coach of Bayer Leverkusen – Foot11.com

Former Liverpool and Real Madrid player Xabi Alonso inherits the coaching job at Bayer Leverkusen, who parted ways with Gerardo Seoane, the day after the Champions League defeat against Porto. More

Gerardo Seoane officially fired

Bayer Leverkusen thanked their coach, Gerardo Seoane, the day after the defeat against FC Porto in the Champions League (2-0). The Germans, who had the opportunity to open the scoring from the penalty spot through Patrik Schick, finally cracked in the second period and finally lost. Thus, after three days of C1, the Germans are third, with as many points as FC Porto and Atlético de Madrid, while Club Brugge are in the lead with nine points. The Belgians, a priori the weakest team in this group, are a full house and have just beaten the Colchoneros.

 » It hurts me, and I’m sad because I really liked working here. I am very grateful for the opportunity I was given in Leverkusen. But also to the supporters who have always supported us a lot, including in difficult times.“said Gerardo Seoane.

But Seoane pays above all for the disastrous start to the season in the Bundesliga. After eight days of the championship, Bayer has only five small points and only points to the penultimate place in the standings. And to change the dynamics of the team, the German club called on a young coach, who knows the German championship well: Xabi Alonso.

First professional experience for Xabi Alonso

The former player of Real Sociedad, Liverpool, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich is therefore entering the deep end as a coach with Bayer Leverkusen.  » I know Leverkusen from my time in Germany, and it’s an excellent club. Bayer have always had great players and I see a lot of quality in the current squad.“said Alonso, enthusiastic and motivated before this first challenge in the professional world.

Xabi Alonso, when he was coaching young people at Real Sociedad.  (Icon Sports)
Xabi Alonso, when he was coaching young people at Real Sociedad. (Icon Sports)

Xabi Alonso will try to give a new impetus to Bayer, in great difficulty this season. The Spaniard will make his Bundesliga debut against Schalke 04 this Saturday (3:30 p.m.). The 2010 world champion and European champion with Liverpool and Real in 2005 and 2014 will be presented to the press this Thursday, October 6 at 11:30 a.m. Alonso will sign a contract until June 2024.

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