Bayer Leverkusen are in first place in the Bundesliga (Germany’s top league) during the winter break and are playing a game worth watching. Xabi Alonso’s men are using a technique not seen anywhere else on their home turf, which is gaining them valuable seconds.
In a period when European football has lost its taste and organizations want to create new competitions between big clubs, some teams that are considered average are emerging. Whether it is Michel’s Girona, Thiago Motta’s Genoa or Xabi Alonso’s Bayer Leverkusen, these teams stand out. They create a surprise with attractive play and make their presence known in European football. The first is the leader of the Spanish championship, the second is Giuseppe-Meazza, which eliminated Inter Milan from the Italian Cup, and the last surprise in the Bundesliga is that it has remained unbeaten since the beginning of the season, four points ahead of Bayern Munich.
But if the tactics used by Xabi Alonso became famous, it was above all for his three-defense system and his transitional play with attacking and determined full-backs such as Grimaldo and Frimpong. The first player to arrive from Benfica in the off-season ended up with nine goals and seven assists by mid-season. The latter also had a brilliant performance in the first half of the season, scoring seven goals and ten assists. It is a revolution in European football because, as experts say, this functional style of play is used much more in South America, especially at Demichelis’ River Plate.
An innovative technique
Former Real Madrid player Xabi Alonso aims to play very fast, as well as produce an enticing game with a lot of movement. That’s why, as soon as Leverkusen plays in their own room, more than 29 balls are coming down the sidelines of the BayArena, so that the full-backs play as quickly as possible and get ahead of the opposing defenders.
A technique that has borne fruit since Bayer Leverkusen continues to impress in Germany. It will not be uncommon to see this phenomenon on our beautiful Ligue 1 lawns soon.