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To end a run of three cup final defeats under Gian Piero Gasperini, Atalanta Bergamo needed to end Xabi Alonso’s winning machine for European glory. With an intense off-ball plan they made Bayer Leverkusen look unrecognizable, and Ademola Lookman was there to reap the rewards on a historic night in Dublin. Tactical analysis and match […]

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Bayer Leverkusen just seem unstoppable at the moment. Facing one of Italy’s most in-form teams in a European semi-final was no easy feat, yet Leverkusen displayed remarkable control and poise (once again). Xabi Alonso’s tactical adjustments also proved pivotal, leaving Roma struggling to find solutions. While there’s still another leg to play, it was evident […]

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Bayer Leverkusen West Ham United Europa League 2-0

Bayer Leverkusen dominated this game from the start with their fluid possession game in a 3-4-3 system against West Ham’s low-block defending, as well as aggressive counterpressing. They experienced a slight lull in the second half, but Xabi Alonso’s substitutions eventually helped them to a 2-0 victory. Tactical analysis and match report by Josh Manley. Runaway […]

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Bayer Leverkusen extended their unbeaten run, and lead at the top, with an emphatic victory over reigning Bundesliga champions, and nearest rivals, Bayern Munich. Xabi Alonso’s side demonstrated that defense can be the best form of attack, whereas Thomas Tuchel’s side displayed how defenders can limit attacking threat. Tactical analysis and match report by Nick […]

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Late victories have been a significant factor setting Bayer Leverkusen apart, and it was once again on show. Initially, VfB Stuttgart’s approach effectively pinned back the Bundesliga leaders. However, a slight tweak by Xabi Alonso, along with Florian Wirtz’s brilliance, proved to be the difference yet again. Tactical analysis and match report by Rahul Madhavan. The […]

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Xabi Alonso’s Bayer Leverkusen continue to find ways to win. Despite a strong start from RB Leipzig, where they tactically got the better of Leverkusen, Alonso’s second-half adjustments proved pivotal in a game that ultimately required another stoppage-time goal to secure all three points. Tactical analysis and match report by Rahul Madhavan. We decided to make […]

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