Xabi Alonso: "Qarabag" did not surprise us, they are a strong team"

10 November 2023 00:45
Xabi Alonso: "Qarabag" did not surprise us, they are a strong team"

"The first 15 minutes were very tense. We tried to prevent the opponent's attacks."

Idman.biz reports that this was said by Xabi Alonso, the head coach of "Bayer" who defeated "Qarabagh" in Baku in the IV round of the European League group stage.

The young specialist said that they intend to continue the winning streak. According to him, even though they scored on a penalty, they got 3 important points: "We are in the first place. But we have to list the victories again. My team is gradually trying to show a better game. If we qualify for the next round, we have to rank the victories again. We won with a penalty kick. At that moment, the judges make the decision. If there is hand contact, a penalty must be decided. "Qarabag" did not surprise us compared to the first match. It is a strong team. We took this into account and came to Baku."

He believes that "Qarabag" and "Molde" (Norway) will fight for the second place in the group: "Both teams have a chance. All questions will be clarified after the last game."

He also recalled that he was in Azerbaijan as a football player 14 years ago: "During these years, there has been a great change in your country. We see this both in Azerbaijan and in "Qarabag". 14 years ago, I didn't even know "Qarabag". But now I know what he is capable of. Year by year, this team grows and does everything for the next success."

It should be noted that "Bayer" won 1:0 in Baku.