Xabi Alonso starts his dream life as Bundesliga coach

Xabi Alonso and Bayer Leverkusen sent a warning signal to the rest of the Bundesliga by putting four to Schalke. The visitors were shaken to increase the pressure on Frank Kramer.

After the departure of Gerardo Seoane as head coach, BayArena was anticipating the visit of Schalke in the 9th round.

It was Leverkusen who started better. A remarkable skill on the midfield line allowed Frimpong freedom on the right side. However, Moussa Diaby was only able to find the side net after Frimpong threw the ball in.

The attack on Schalke’s left side continued with Frimpong and Diaby’s combination of speed and skill leaving Florian Flick on the ground. When the cut found Schick, it was to be Schalke’s display in the art of defending to block any path to goal.

Although, as Schalke saw in Dortmund, defending for 90 minutes was not fruitful. In the 38th minute, Moussa Diaby found space in front of the Schalke defense and his long-range shot nestled in the top corner.

An explosive finish to the half continued as Leverkusen’s right side finally proved too much for Schalke’s defence. Diaby found Frimpong with every aim in his vision. Schalke tried again to get numbers, but a low shot found the far corner.

Going into the break Xabi Alonso couldn’t have dreamed of a better start, while Frank Kramer would be wondering how to get back into a game they weren’t in from the first whistle.

A double substitution and a switch to five centre-backs for Schalke at half-time saw the entry of Thomas Ouwejan and Can Aydin. An attempt to deal with Leverkusen’s width that had been causing problems in the first half.

However, it would be Diaby and Frimpong teaming up again down the center of the field to catch Schalke this time around. As Diaby’s ball found Frimpong running after it, he calmly placed the ball in the goal to increase the pressure on Frank Kramer.

After the third goal and Diaby was eliminated, the threat Leverkusen offered was minimal as they began to see the game end. Although Leverkusen didn’t finish there, the gaps in Schalke’s defense continued. Paulinho ran after and the underdog under Seoane made an instant impact on the bench for Xabi Alonso.

As promising as this was for Die Werkself, Schalke will wonder how they will navigate the campaign. If faith is kept in Frank Kramer, they will need to show more ambition on the field.

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