Xabi Alonso begins his first great adventure on the bench at Bayer Leverkusen

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Xabi Alonso He has signed until June 2024 as coach of Bayer Leverkusen, where he will replace the Swiss Gerardo Seoan. The 40-year-old coach assumes his first major challenge on the bench in a team that occupies the penultimate place in the Bundesliga and that will play against Atlético to pass him to the knockout stages of the Champions League.

After his time with Sanse, a subsidiary of Real Sociedad that he was unable to save from relegation to the First RFEF, Alonso will take the reins of Leverkusen in the company of his second, Sebastian Grill. Its official presentation will be held on Thursday at the BayArena (11:30 am).

“In my conversations with them, it quickly became clear that, despite the difficult situation, ambitious goals are still being pursued. I am very enthusiastic about this task and I am sure that we will be up to the task”, assured the Gipuzkoan coach, in statements collected by the official Bayer media.

Wirtz’s injury

Bayer’s bad moment in the Bundesliga speaks of its five defeats and two draws in eight games, in which it could only defeat Mainz (0-3). The only shining moment during Seoane’s last stage was the victory against Atlético on the second day of the Champions League groups (2-0), with goals from robert andrich Y Moussa Diaby.

Seoane, who finished third in the Bundesliga last season, only behind Bayern and Dortmund, has not been able to cover the loss of Florian Wirtzthe great talent of his squad, who in March was seriously injured in his left knee.

For its part, simon rolfes, sports director of Leverkusen, showed his enthusiasm with the signing of Alonso. “We have signed a coach who, as a player, was for many years an absolute world-class professional, an intelligent strategist with great success in three of the most demanding European leagues,” said the former Bayer midfielder.

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