Bayer Leverkusen Becoming A Force To Be Reckoned With


Having claimed a maiden Bundesliga title this season and with a Europa League crown still a possibility, Bayer Leverkusen has been one of the big success stories in European football this season.

With Xabi Alonso now one of the most highly sought-after managers in the game, Leverkusen looks capable of going on to even great things in the future.

A Season To Remember

Having witnessed Bayern Munich win the previous 11 Bundesliga titles, it was always going to take something special to deny the Bavarian giants the German crown again this season. Bayern and Borussia Dortmund, who are +250 in the football betting odds to win the Champions League this term, have been the dominant teams in Germany after winning the previous 14 titles between them before Leverkusen’s rise. Die Schwarzroten, who are -200 with a Europa League bet to lift the trophy, had finished runners-up five times in Bundesliga history since 1963. Cruelly described by rival clubs as “Neverkusen” for their trend of never getting their hands on silverware, the club finally bucked that trend this season.

A brand of football that caught the eye in attack, combined with the meanest defence in the league saw Leverkusen finally get their hands on the Meisterschale. Bayern simply could not keep up with the level of consistency Alonso’s side was showing, as the likes of Álex Grimaldo, Granit Xhaka, Jonas Hofmann and Patrik Schick shone on the big stage. Deserved Bundesliga champions for the first time in their history, all eyes are on whether this team will be just a flash in the pan or can go on to even greater things.

Alonso Can Take Leverkusen To The Next Level

Having been linked with jobs at Bayern Munich and another of his former clubs at Liverpool, Alonso looks set to be the man in charge next season when Leverkusen kick-start a new campaign. Die Werkself will make a welcome return to the Champions League, where they will get a chance to see how they rate against the very best teams on the continent. With Alonso, who has attracted praise from great managers like Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola, hopes will be high the Spanish tactician can keep this team moving in the right direction.

Keeping hold of their star players will be key over the summer transfer window, especially given Bayern’s history of snapping up top players from their fellow rivals. Keeping their key assets will be the important foundation for Leverkusen, while the club will look to sprinkle in a few quality signings to make sure this team does not stand still and allow Bayern and Dortmund to make up lost ground. Being able to offer Champions League football will make Leverkusen an attractive prospect for potential transfer targets, while also having the chance to play under one of the rising stars on the managerial scene in Alonso.

Leverkusen have enjoyed the greatest season in their history but, having had a taste of success, the club will be doing all they can to make sure the good times carry on at the BayArena.

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