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“Xabi Alonso’s Leverkusen: A Flying Start to the Season”
- Updated: September 1, 2023
Xabi Alonso’s Bayer Leverkusen: A Strong Start to the Season
Under the guidance of Xabi Alonso, Bayer Leverkusen has made an impressive start to their 2023/24 season. The team not only secured victories in their pre-season matches against Marseille and West Ham but also kicked off their Bundesliga campaign with consecutive wins against RB Leipzig and Borussia Mönchengladbach.
During this period, Bayer Leverkusen’s performance was particularly noteworthy. They dominated fourth-tier Teutonia Ottensen in the first round of the DFB Cup, winning 8-0, which generated a sense of optimism among fans at the BayArena.
A standout moment from their pre-season was their victory over West Ham, who were the reigning UEFA Conference League champions. This triumph demonstrated Leverkusen’s strength and potential.
Despite the sale of Moussa Diaby to Aston Villa and Patrik Schick’s injury setbacks, Leverkusen didn’t falter. Instead, they made shrewd acquisitions in Victor Boniface and Jonas Hofmann, bolstering their attacking options significantly.
Victor Boniface played a crucial role in their win against Leipzig, providing an assist for Jeremie Frimpong’s goal. Jonas Hofmann’s corner led to Jonathan Tah’s header, further solidifying Leverkusen’s lead. The victory was sealed with goals from Florian Wirtz, Dani Olmo, and Lois Openda.
Their second match of the Bundesliga season saw Leverkusen secure a comprehensive 3-0 win against Borussia Mönchengladbach, further showcasing their dominance. Boniface, in particular, stood out by scoring two goals in this game.
Leverkusen’s summer transfer activity was impressive, with the addition of key players like Granit Xhaka from Arsenal, Alex Grimaldo from Benfica, and Nathan Tella from Burnley. These signings have added depth and quality to the squad.
Granit Xhaka’s arrival has been particularly beneficial, providing Leverkusen with experience and leadership. His return to the Bundesliga has injected enthusiasm into the team. Xhaka’s presence is expected to elevate the performance of players around him, such as Exequiel Palacios and Florian Wirtz.
The blend of youth and experience in Leverkusen’s squad, with talents like Jeremie Frimpong, Granit Xhaka, and Exequiel Palacios, bodes well for the team’s prospects.
Xabi Alonso, with his combination of tactical understanding and footballing finesse, has quickly molded the team into a cohesive unit. His influence is evident in Leverkusen’s early success.
As the season progresses, it’s important not to jump to conclusions, but with Xhaka’s leadership and Alonso’s guidance, Bayer Leverkusen appears well-prepared to contend for silverware. The sky could indeed be the limit for this promising team under Xabi Alonso’s management.
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By- Sahiba Suri