How former Real Madrid man Xabi Alonso can relegate Barcelona to Champions League mediocrity

Xabi Alonso playing for Real Madrid against current Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez | Imago

How former Real Madrid man Xabi Alonso can relegate Barcelona to Champions League mediocrity

Ayoola Kelechi 10:07 - 04.05.2024

Barcelona's fate is now in the hands of former Real Madrid star Xabi Alonso and his all-conquering Bayer Leverkusen side

Barcelona's spot in the 2024/25 UEFA Champions League is certain, but former Real Madrid star Xabi Alonso's actions could have a huge impact on their European campaign.

Barcelona already qualified for next season’s Champions League

Barcelona's impressive showing this season clinched qualification for the Champions League, in spite of falling short in the La Liga title fight to archrivals Real Madrid.

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Despite missing out on the league title, Barcelona's aim now switches to achieving a favourable seeding for the Champions League draw, eve though their final position is beyond their control.

Xabi Alonso's in charge of Barcelona’s fate

Former Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso, who now leads Bayer Leverkusen, has the potential to relegate Barcelona to a lower Champions League seeding. Leverkusen's amazing achievements, including winning their first Bundesliga title under Alonso's leadership, have established them as a serious force in European football.

Bayer Leverkusen manager Xabi Alonso. (Photo Credit: Bayer/X)
Bayer Leverkusen manager Xabi Alonso. (Photo Credit: Bayer/X)

Leverkusen's success in the remaining European games, notably in the UEFA Europa League, will have a significant impact on the final Champions League seedings. Their recent 2-0 victory over AS Roma in the first leg of the Europa League semi-final puts them on the verge of advancing to the final and maybe exceeding Barcelona's UEFA co-efficient total.

If Leverkusen wins the Europa League final or even draws in ordinary time against AS Roma, they will surpass Barcelona's UEFA co-efficient total. This outcome would condemn Barcelona to Pot 2 in the Champions League draw, substantially altering their path through the competition.