Is Xabi Alonso the correct replacement for Carlo Ancelotti?

Published on 26 September 2023 at 13:00

The current Bayer Leverkusen manager Xabi Alonso has been rumored to takeover at Real Madrid and be Carlo Ancelotti's successor at the end of the season however nothing is confirmed as of yet. Alonso has had a successful start in Germany, although he is yet to pick up any silverware. The Red and Blacks have only dropped points against German giants Bayern Munich this campaign but does that mean the Spaniard is ready to take over at the Bernabau ? Lets look more into his managerial career to see if he's ready to manage right at the top...



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Alonso took over the Bundesliga side in a time of struggle, however from looking like they were destined for relegation the former Real Sociedad manager completely  transitioned the side with his playstyle and positive results.

His stats in charge 

His current record

23 Wins 11 Draws 10 Losses

Preferred Formation

3-4-3 or 3-4-2-1

Average points per match 


Clear cut chances created this season

11 (most in the league)

XG per game this season




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Xabi Ball

It is evident that the World Cup winner has put his stamp on the German side who sit second in the Bundesliga at the time of writing, let's take a look at how Bayer Leverkusen set up. 

Alonso tends to set up with a 3-4-3 formation which provides a compact approach with the ability to become fluid when attacking. He has been known to adapt his style when under threat defensively dropping to a 5-2-3, it is common for teams when dropping to five at the back to down tool their attacking threat. However Bayer Leverkusen still keep a narrow front 3 forcing their opponents wide where they have already added more security.

Counter attacks are vital in Alonso's style, when they lose possession all ten outfield players apply constant pressure in an attempt to win the ball back - which has led to multiple goal scoring opportunities. This effective set up has been proven with the impressive start  to his reign at Bayer Leverkusen.


Is Xabi Alonso the perfect replacement for Carlo Ancelotti? Even though Alonso has had an incredible start in his managerial career he would have huge boots to fill. Los Blancos are a European giant with some of the best players in Europe` and with Alonso's lack of experience will he be able to control and compete with all the big names in the dressing room? We will see! The Spaniard is a born winner with one of the most decorated trophy cabinets in football, I'm sure that Alonso will gain the respect of the side and be able to put his stamp on his former club.


Harry Lucas

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