Revitalized Leverkusen Seeks Redemption Following Defeat against Roma in 2022-23

Xabi Alonso draws inspiration from Bayer Leverkusen’s stumble against Roma in the prior Europa League to fuel their current encounter. Leverkusen aims to rectify their past defeat against Roma as motivation for their upcoming clash.

In the previous campaign, Leverkusen fell to Roma in the Europa League semi-finals due to a goalless draw in the second leg, losing the tie 1-0 on aggregate. Nevertheless, significant changes have transpired for Alonso’s team, now boasting an exceptional 48-match undefeated streak this season after claiming the Bundesliga title, breaking Bayern Munich’s 11-year dominance and securing their first trophy since 1993.

Their pursuit of a treble intensifies as they triumphed 2-0 against Roma in the first leg, advancing to the DFB-Cup final against Kaiserslautern. Alonso emphasized the team’s determination to utilize the energy from the previous season’s setback, aiming to secure a victory and advance to the final in Dublin.

Despite their advantageous position, Alonso remains vigilant, recognizing Roma as formidable opponents under the leadership of Daniele De Rossi, who took over from Jose Mourinho in January. They are cognizant of the perilous nature of the second leg and are diligently preparing to maintain their aggressive and cohesive gameplay against a resilient Roma side.

Alonso underscores the importance of playing with motivation and executing their strategy effectively to neutralize Roma’s threat. Leverkusen anticipates a fierce challenge from Roma, emphasizing the need to remain focused and disciplined throughout the encounter.

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