Former Bayern boss Karl-Heinz Rummenigge sees Xabi Alonso on the right track in his first professional position as head football coach.

“Leverkusen gave Xabi this chance and it looks like it was the right decision,” said Rummenigge before the duel between the Bundesliga leaders on Sunday (5:30 p.m. / DAZN) and Bayer in the Munich Merkur / tz interview Friday: “They’re getting better and better rolling.”

The Werkself are on the upswing under the world and European champions, who have been German champions three times with Bayern Munich, and have won five and drawn one in the last six games. With his decision to become a coach, a wish had come true for Rummenigge.

Even after Alonso’s career at Bayern ended, he and Uli Hoeneß considered bringing him to Munich as an assistant coach. With the commitment at Bayer, Rummenigge now sees the first good step in professional football.

The 67-year-old also appreciates the former midfield strategist off the pitch: “I always liked him as a guy. He was a gentleman footballer on the pitch – but also in everyday life.” With all the praise, could the Basque’s path eventually lead to Bayern Munich’s coaching bench? “I am convinced that he will go his own way as a coach, just like he did as a player,” said Rummenigge meaningfully.

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