MASTERMIND ALONSO: From 17th to 6th 🔝 Leverkusen's Rise | Tactical Analysis

Alonso’s Leverkusen – His philosophy, his tactics
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Bayer Leverkusen are the only German side left in European competition as they prepare to face AS Roma in their UEFA Europa League semi-final first leg on 11 May – and they fancy their chances of reaching the final. The main reason for this is coach Xabi Alonso, who has lifted the team to a new level in several aspects since his arrival. How has he changed Leverkusen’s play? How do you think he’s made Leverkusen better? Let us know in the comments!

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38 opiniones en “MASTERMIND ALONSO: From 17th to 6th 🔝 Leverkusen's Rise | Tactical Analysis”

  1. When he was still playing under Mourinho, I remember Mourinho saying even back then that Alonso will make a very good coach in the future because of his football IQ. Always looked forward to seeing if Jose was right and it seems he was.

  2. He seemed to implement or, perhaps, combine a lot of things from the other managers that had been coaching him too, not just Guardiola's possessive football with tight positioning and strategic development. For example, this pragmatic out of possession football to dominate the field was coming from Mourinho himself, Benitez's usual counter-attacking play by placing a fast-paced striker such as either Torres or Dirk Kuyt was also implemented here. And this flexibility really is akin to Don Carlo's tactical masterpiece. Not to mention Luis Aragones' classic double-pivoting strategy in the midfield or that brilliant false-9 implementation by Del Bosque.

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