Xabi Alonso: Leverkusen ready to become first team to play unbeaten Bundesliga season


Bayer Leverkusen are poised to become the first team in Bundesliga history to go an entire season without defeat, coach Xabi Alonso said after Sunday’s 5-0 demolition of Bochum.

Towering Leverkusen cruised past Bochum, who sent off Felix Passlack in the 15th minute to extend their remarkable unbeaten run across all competitions this season to 50 consecutive matches.

On Thursday, Xabi Alonso’s side broke Benfica’s long-standing European unbeaten record from 1963 to 1965 with a 2-2 draw against Roma that sent them into the UEFA Europa League final.

Sunday’s win over Bochum also meant they became only the third team in Bundesliga history to remain unbeaten in every away game of the season.

“It was a completely different game for us after the red card,” Xabi Alonso told a news conference.

“I am very satisfied with the result. It was important for us. Now we have a great goal on Saturday to win the title without any defeat. This has never happened before.”

Bayer Leverkusen, who face Atalanta in the Europa League final and Kaiserslautern in the DFB-Pokal final later in May, will entertain Augsburg at home in Saturday’s Bundesliga final, where they will also receive their first-ever league trophy.

“Winning the title in Leverkusen will be very special,” Alonso said. “The players have been focused all season so it will be very special for them. I’m proud of them.”

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