Xabi Alonso: How Jose Mourinho Correctly Predicted the Future of Leverkusen Manager

Xabi Alonso: How Jose Mourinho Correctly Predicted the Future of Leverkusen Manager

Isaac Darko
updated at April 15, 2024 at 8:45 AM
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  • Jose Mourinho predicted Xabi Alonso would impress as a coach five years ago
  • Alonso continues to excel in the dugout after winning the Bundesliga for Leverkusen
  • Aside from winning the German league title, Leverkusen continued their unbeaten run

Footage of Jose Mourinho accurately predicting the future of Xabi Alonso has resurfaced online following the latter's successful guidance of Bayer Leverkusen to their maiden Bundesliga title.

Leverkusen dominated Werder Bremen with a resounding 5-0 victory, widening their lead over Bayern Munich by 16 points. This victory comes with just five games remaining in the Bundesliga season.

Die Werkself's triumph marks their first title since securing the German Cup in 1993, ending Bayern Munich's uninterrupted 11-year streak.

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Bayer Leverkusen coach Xabi Alonso celebrates with his players after winning the Bundesliga title. Photo by Lars Baron.
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Alonso's side continue their unbeaten streak across all competitions, setting the stage for a potentially historic treble, according to Skysports.

Amid high expectations and a fervent atmosphere at the BayArena, Leverkusen stretched their unbeaten run to 43 matches.

The German giants head into Thursday's Europa League second leg against West Ham with a 2-0 lead, while also gearing up to clash with second-division Kaiserslautern in the German cup final.

When Mourinho forecasted Alonso's future

Following his impressive run of results, a clip of iconic Portuguese gaffer Mourinho predicting Alonso's success as a coach has resurfaced.

In 2019, Mourinho drew similarities between himself and his former pupil before hinting Alonso has all the makings of a manager at a conference held by Top Eleven.

“His father was a manager, so he grew up similar to me. Then he became a player – of course, much better than I was," he said, as quoted by SportBIBLE.
“He became a player, a top player. His position on the pitch and his knowledge of the game – very high.

Mourinho continued:

“So, I think if you put all this together, Xabi has the conditions to be a very good coach.”

Alonso insists Leverkusen isn't 'finished' yet

Sports Brief also reported that Alonso expressed that his undefeated team is not finished yet, despite clinching their inaugural league title on Sunday and aiming for a treble this season.

Leverkusen's commanding 5-0 victory over Werder Bremen, highlighted by Florian Wirtz's second-half hat-trick, secured their first-ever Bundesliga championship in 120 years.

Alonso emphasised that while they have accomplished a significant milestone, they remain focused on their remaining objectives, with further considerations to be made on Tuesday.

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Isaac Darko is a La Liga, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga editor at Sports Brief with a Degree in Journalism and Communications from Ghana Institute of Journalism (2010)
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