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Jose Mourinho explained why Xabi Alonso would become a top manager with prediction three years ago

Rory O'Callaghan

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Jose Mourinho explained why Xabi Alonso would become a top manager with prediction three years ago

Jose Mourinho successfully predicted Xabi Alonso would become a manager almost three years ago.

Former Real Sociedad, Liverpool, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich midfielder Alonso hung up his boots in 2017 but has had to wait for his first senior managerial role.

It finally arrived last week, with the former Spain international appointed head coach of Bayer Leverkusen following the sacking of Gerardo Seoane.

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Alonso enjoyed a successful start to his time in charge, with Leverkusen thrashing Schalke 4-0 on Saturday in his first match with the German club.

Alonso's success will come as no surprise to Mourinho, who managed the Spaniard during his time at Real Madrid.

Speaking at a Top Eleven conference in 2019, Mourinho outlined why he felt Alonso was destined to become a top manager.

"His father was a manager, so he grew up similar to me. Then he became a player – of course much better than I was," said Mourinho.

"He became a player, a top player. His position on the pitch and his knowledge of the game – very high.

Alonso was appointed Bayer Leverkusen head coach last week (Image: Alamy)
Alonso was appointed Bayer Leverkusen head coach last week (Image: Alamy)

"He played in Spain, in England and in Germany.

"And he was coached by Guardiola with Bayern, by myself in Real Madrid, by Ancelotti in Real Madrid, by Benitez in Liverpool.

"So, I think if you put all this together, Xabi has conditions to be a very good coach."

A video of Mourinho's comments recently resurfaced on social media, posted to Twitter alongside the caption: "Jose never misses".

Alonso's next test as head coach will come on Wednesday when Leverkusen host Porto in the Champions League – the competition he won as a player with both Liverpool and Real Madrid.

Leverkusen are currently third in the group on three points, already six points behind surprise leaders Club Brugge.

Porto are ahead of Leverkusen on goal difference alone, while Atletico Madrid are bottom of the group – albeit level on points with the two teams above them.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy & Twitter/Iconic_Mourinho

Topics: Jose Mourinho, Xabi Alonso, Football, Bayer Leverkusen, Bundesliga

Rory O'Callaghan
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