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Xabi Alonso: Good football is the key for Bayer Leverkusen

Xabi Alonso: Good football is the key for Bayer Leverkusen

Xabi Alonso says that "good football" has been instrumental to Bayer Leverkusen's success this season.

The German side are aiming to continue their record-breaking unbeaten run when they take on Atalanta in the Europa League final on Wednesday (22.05.24) and the coach says that getting the basics of the game right is key.

Alonso told TNT Sports: "I like to play good football.

"Entertain with good football. Not with flashy football, but with good football things. What I understand are good football things are to make good passes, runs, to do defence well. Those are the ones.

"After that, once you have those things as principles, you see the flashy things. But we don't work on the flashy things or the spectacular things. We work on the basic, classic good things."

Leverkusen are looking to add the Europa League and German Cup to the Bundesliga title but Alonso explained that he has not had the chance to reflect on his team's historic season as they close in on a treble.

He told TNT Sports: "I have enough things on my plate to think about than 'how good' or 'how nice' we are.

"In 10 days maybe I will stop and think we are doing something exceptional.

"We are not that stupid to say, 'Oh no, I don't care'. I'm really happy about it. Not to say it many more times, you become better because you are able to show it once again and that's why I try to push the guys.

"We don't take any game for granted and we don't rest on our laurels. That's my job."

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