Back
28.10.2022Bundesliga

Head coach Xabi Alonso calls for same intensity as against Atlético

The Werkself are away to RB Leipzig tomorrow Saturday 29 October (kick-off: 15.30 CEST). The Leverkusen squad under head coach Xabi Alonso have a final training session before setting off for Saxony. The Spanish coach talked about the opponents at the pre-match press conference and he also called for his players to reproduce the intensity shown in the Atlético game.

Display videos

Yes, I'd like to see videos dispalyed.

“Both teams have come through very tiring games. It’s difficult to produce the same intensity as we did against Atlético Madrid but that has to be our aim,” said Alonso.

The Spaniard rates RB Leipzig as a “strong team with strength in depth and high quality,” and he added: “We need a complete performance to get a result – we have to defend well but attacking is equally as important and we want to create chances again.” He also said they want to stick to their own plan.

final training session crucial

The final line-up for the game against RB Leipzig will be decided after today’s training session. Alonso: “We are very optimistic about Patrik Schick, Charles Aránguiz, Exequiel Palacios and Kerem Demirbay but we will have to wait for the final training session. We’ll be happy if we soon have more options with them – above all in the nest few weeks.”

Good news from a Bayer 04 perspective: Florian Wirtz has been able to complete parts of full training and he will be back on the training ground today. “Florian is working very hard and his mentality is good. But we want to be patient as it was a serious injury. I can hardly wait for him to come back but his health is the most important thing and that’s why he needs more time.”

praise for Hlozek and Amiri

Alonso also found words of praise for Adam Hlozek. “I’m very happy with Adam. He has contributed a lot both in attack and defence. He is disciplined, has great tactical knowledge and he has already helped us a lot.” The coach is also impressed by Nadiem Amiri: “In the long week of training ahead of the game against Wolfsburg, he clearly showed he wants to play and he has also earned the chance. That’s great for us because he has a lot of energy.”

871 Black and Red fans will be supporting the Werkself in the stands at RB Leipzig.

 

Related News

crop_20231208_JS_Stadtteilspieltag_Kueppersteg_0364.jpg
Bayer 04 - 08.12.2023

Küppersteg District Matchday: Nutrition workshop with Puerta and Wieder

Why is healthy eating important? What positive effects can it have on everyday life? And what does a competitive athlete actually eat? These questions and many more were the focus of the latest Bayer 04 event as part of the neighbourhood games days. With a visit to GGS Kerschensteinerschule, Bayer 04 professionals Gustavo Puerta and Verena Wieder kicked off the third campaign match day of this Bundesliga season against VfL Bochum, which will be centred around the Küppersteg district. The duo were supported by nutritionist Lena Kadlec, who organised a workshop with the pupils.

Show more
crop_20231206_JS2_9587.jpg
DFB-Pokal - 06.12.2023

Werkself through to DFB-Pokal quarter-finals with 3-1 win over Paderborn

Bayer 04 are through to the quarter-finals of the DFB-Pokal after a 3-1 win over Paderborn in the round of 16. Victor Boniface opened the scoring before Exequiel Palacios doubled up inside the first half hour. Sebastian Klaas got one back for the visitors on 82 minutes, but Patrik Schick restored the two-goal lead a few moments later as Leverkusen extended their unbeaten start to 2023/24 to 21 matches.

Show more
crop_20231203_NBA_7200.jpg
DFB-Pokal - 06.12.2023

Matchday news #B04SCP: Quarter-finals the goal

The Werkself host Paderborn in the DFB-Pokal round of 16 today, Wednesday 6 December (18:00 CET) at the BayArena. Here’s all the latest information ahead of the cup clash with the Bundesliga 2 club.

Show more
crop_20231021_JS1_0984.jpg
Bayer 04 - 06.12.2023

Vote for Grimaldo or Frimpong in Bundesliga’s Player of the Month!

The Bundesliga has announced its nominees for November’s Player of the Month, with two Werkself players up for the award in Alejandro Grimaldo and Jeremie Frimpong. Fans can now vote for who they want to win.

Show more