‘I’m not working tomorrow’: Party starts for Leverkusen boss Alonso

Author: AFP

Bayer Leverkusen coach Xabi Alonso said he was ready for a big night after his club sealed the double on Saturday, telling reporters: “I’m not working tomorrow.”

Asked if he would celebrate with the players in the German capital, before the club returns to Leverkusen for a parade on Sunday, Alonso replied “of course”.

“We need to enjoy it. We need to release the tension from the whole season.

“I’m not working tomorrow.”

Leverkusen won the Bundesliga unbeaten — the club’s first league title — and lifted the German Cup on Saturday after Granit Xhaka scored the only goal in a 1-0 win against Kaiserslautern. Alonso’s first full season managing at the top level finished with a Bundesliga and German Cup double, a Europa League final and a stunning record of just one loss in 53 games. Leverkusen’s only loss came in Wednesday’s Europa League final against Serie A side Atalanta, but Alonso’s charges rebounded in dogged fashion. “I need a bit more time to grasp it. It was a dream season. To be able to celebrate here is incredible — we need to enjoy it,” Alonso told Germany’s ARD network.

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