Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola is looking forward to having former player Spaniard Xabi Alonso alongside him. He would get the role of an assistant coach, who was previously retained by Mikel Arteta, who’s now managing Arsenal.
Currently, Xabi Alonso is the coach of Real Sociedad’s B team and has also coached Real Madrid’s Under teams. Thus, technical activities would not be new to the Spaniard.
Furthermore, Xabi knows the Premier League and two other major leagues in Europe very well. The former midfielder has won a lot of trophies for Liverpool, Real Madrid, and Bayern Munich, and was coached by Pep Guardiola, on the German team.
Xabi Alonso received an invitation to manage Real Sociedad in July last year and promptly accepted the challenge.
It was a “staged” choice, as Sociedad was the club that revealed Alonso to the world.
“I believe that I had many reasons to return, from sports reasons to personal as well. Everything counts. As a player, I liked to prepare and control matches, and as a coach I want my team to be dynamic and adapt to the circumstances of each moment.”
In his official presentation at the time, he stated:
“Real is the best place I can be. I feel at home. My goal is to enjoy my career, but I cannot control where I am going. That is what you will tell me every day”.
In his career as a player, Xabi played 701 games and scored 44 goals. Alongside Steven Gerrard, he conducted Liverpool to THAT Champions League title against maybe the best team ever, which was 2005’s AC Milan.
In that final, the Reds ended the first half 3-0 down, but quickly managed to level it in the second half, and went on to win an incredible title in the penalty shootouts. Xabi scored from the penalty spot on that game, it was Liverpool’s third goal, following a rebounded ball by Brazilian keeper Dida.
That match is largely known nowadays as “The Miracle of Istanbul”, as the game was played in the Turkish city, and it was, indeed, a miracle.
Can Alonso perform more miracles as a manager?
I think he can. Not in that magnitude, obviously, but it’s perfectly possible. It would be a good idea for him to go to Man City and learn with one of the best managers ever, but it’s unlikely that he will leave Sociedad right now.