Xabi Alonso: Future Tottenham (or Liverpool) manager? | Goal.com UK
The Spaniard has been impressive since taking over at Bayer Leverkusen, and now faces Jose Mourinho’s Roma for a place in the Europa League final
Xabi Alonso and Jose Mourinho have history, both as friends and as enemies. Not for the first time, they meet in a European semi-final this week; the apprentice versus the master, the bright young thing against the man who has been there, done it and told the world how special he was while doing it.
It promises to be a hell of an occasion at Stadio Olimpico on Thursday, as Mourinho’s Roma welcome Alonso’s Bayer Leverkusen for the first leg of their Europa League clash.
For Mourinho, it is a chance to confirm his return to prominence, after a few fallow years, by reaching his sixth major European final, and a second in successive seasons. Even at 60, there’s life in the old dog yet.
For Alonso, meanwhile, it’s the biggest test yet of his burgeoning managerial career, an opportunity to underline why so many are tipping the former Liverpool, Real Madrid and Spain star for a long and successful managerial career, one which will surely see him in the Premier League before too long.