Europa League

Bayer boss Xabi Alonso hopes to draw positives despite “sadness” from Roma elimination

LEVERKUSEN, GERMANY - MAY 18: Jose Mourinho, Head Coach of AS Roma, embraces Xabi Alonso, Head Coach of Bayer 04 Leverkusen, prior to the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg match between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and AS Roma at BayArena on May 18, 2023 in Leverkusen, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
John Solano

Bayer Leverkusen boss Xabi Alonso returned to discussing his team’s Europa League elimination at the hands of Roma before his team’s league affair against Borussia Mönchengladbach.

The Giallorossi knocked the German side out of the competition on Thursday evening, winning 1-0 on aggregate–a result that still stings the Spaniard admitted.

“There’s no question—we are obviously sad after Thursday evening,” he told the media during his pre-match press conference.

“But we take a lot of positives with us for our development: the mentality of the team, the desire to fight, the high concentration and the outstanding connection between the team and the fans—that was sensational.”

He added, “Our last two league games are enormously important. If we want to be successful in the future then we have to continue to go our way. We want to experience even more nights like yesterday. That’s why we play football.”

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