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Alonso’s Leverkusen seeking to extend unbeaten season with European glory

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Bayer Leverkusen have been an unbeatable force this season and the Bundesliga champions will be looking to preserve that record as they bid to end a losing run against Atalanta in the Europa League final on Wednesday (May 22).

The Germans will play in a European final for the first time since they finished runners-up to Real Madrid in the 2002 Champions League final and they will be eager to snap a two-match losing streak against their Italian rivals.

Atalanta got the better of the Germans in both legs of their Europa League last 16 tie in 2022 and Leverkusen coach Xabi Alonso knows his players cannot afford the kind of lapses in concentration that cost them dear two years ago.

However, as Leverkusen will be going into the final in Dublin’s Aviva Stadium on the back of a formidable 51-match unbeaten streak in all competitions, Alonso is confident that they will be better prepared for the challenge that lies ahead as his players try and win the second title of a possible treble this season.

Leverkusen broke Bayern Munich’s 11-year title monopoly in Germany this season and their unbeaten run has earned them the moniker ‘Neverlusen’.

However, Alonso insists that the record run has not changed their perspective on the final.

Alonso also praised his Italian opponents, whose only chance of landing any silverware this season is in the Europa League following their loss to Juventus in the Coppa Italia final last week.

They currently sit fifth in Serie A, which has already been won by Inter Milan.

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