The poor performance of Bayer Leverkusen earlier this season resulted in the downfall of coach Gerardo Seoane. This Wednesday, the German club announced the exchange of the Swiss by the Spaniard Xabi Alonso. The former player left Real Sociedad, where he commanded the B team, for a new challenge in the German Championship.
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Gerardo Seoane’s departure is a result of Bayer Leverkusen’s recent record. The team has not won the Bundesliga for four matches. In the eight rounds played so far, the team has only won one match and, as a result, occupies the 17th and penultimate place in the table, with five points. In their last game, the Germans were defeated 2-0 against Portoin the third round of Champions League.
“Gerardo Seoane has done a good job for Bayer over the last year and a half, especially qualifying for the Champions League. Unfortunately, we strayed from the path to success. From our point of view, the early elimination of the German Cup and, in particular, the current position in the Bundesliga, which is far below our expectations, made it imperative to change coach”, explained Simon Rolfes, sporting director of Bayer Leverkusen.
“With Xabi Alonso, we hired a coach who, as a player, was a world-class professional for many years, an intelligent strategist and extremely successful in three of the most demanding European leagues”, justified the director.
The Spaniard will have his first opportunity as head coach of an elite national team. His career as a coach began in 2017, in the youth categories of Real Madrid. In 2019, he took over Real Sociedad B, played in the Spanish third division and managed to qualify for the second division. In the first half of this year, however, he ended up relegated.
Within the four lines, Xabi Alonso debuted as a professional in 2000, for Real Sociedad. The former player accumulated 695 games, 43 goals and 69 assists. The Spaniard was champion in almost all the clubs where he passed, among his titles are a world Cuptwo Eurocopastwo Champions Leagues, one Spanish Championship, three German Championships, an FA Cup, among others. In his 17-year career, he played for European giants such as Real Madrid, Liverpool e Bayern Munchenwhere, according to him, he met Bayer Leverkusen.
“I know Leverkusen from my time in Germany as an excellent club. Bayer has always had great players and I see a lot of quality in the current squad as well. In my discussions with the club, it quickly became clear that despite the difficult situation, ambitious goals are still being pursued. I am very excited about this task and I am sure that we will fulfill that claim”, said the newly signed Spaniard.
Bayer Leverkusen, already under the command of Xabi Alonso, returns to the field on Saturday, at 10:30 am, to face the Schalke 04at BayArena, for the ninth round of the German Championship.