Bayer Leverkusen is on the cusp of making Bundesliga history under Xabi Alonso.
Alonso was a star midfielder in Spain during his playing days. He was a key resource for several big clubs, including Liverpool, Real Madrid, and Bayern Munich. He also earned 114 caps for the Spanish national team, making him a member of the Century Club. Alonso was part of Spain’s first title at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
In 2017, Alonso announced his retirement from active play and turned to coaching. He was named head coach of Leverkusen in October 2022. Alonso took over midway through the 2022/23 season, and the club finished sixth in the Bundesliga. In the UEFA Europa League, they reached the quarterfinals.
After a solid leadership performance last season, Alonso has taken Europe by storm this season. In 2023/24, Leverkusen is the only club in Europe’s top five leagues without a loss. Leverkusen is at the top of the league with 15 wins and three draws (48 points). They have also qualified for the UEFA Europa League.
Leverkusen is on a roll and is on track to set a record beyond winning its first league title. “Leverkusen extended their unbeaten streak to 27 games with a stoppage-time winner at RB Leipzig, setting a new record for the longest unbeaten run in a single season of official matches,” soccer statistics outlet Squawka reported today (Aug. 23).
“If they remain unbeaten in their remaining six games across all competitions, they will break the German soccer record set by Hannes Flick’s Bayern Munich, who won the treble,” Squawka continued. Munich went 32 games unbeaten from 2019 to 2020 under Flick.
It doesn’t end there. “If they achieve this, they can also challenge Pep Guardiola’s record,” says Squawka. In the 2013/14 season, Munich didn’t lose a game in the Bundesliga until the 29th round. This is the longest unbeaten streak in the history of the competition.”
Leverkusen now only need to lose 11 league games to surpass Guardiola’s record. The clincher will be the match against Munich on November 11. While the Bavarians are a shadow of their former selves under Thomas Tuchel, they are still a force to be reckoned with. It remains to be seen if Alonso is up to the task.