Alonso proves that class is permanent with sensational first-touch

‘Class is permanent!’: Fans go wild over Bayer Leverkusen boss Xabi Alonso’s sensational touch in viral clip from Champions League clash… as pundits Jamie Carragher and Micah Richards laud the ex-Liverpool star as the ‘pass master’

  • Alonso’s superb piece of skill came during Leverkusen’s draw with Club Brugge
  • The Leverkusen coach stands on the touchline as the ball flies towards him 
  • With no hesitation, he takes a deft touch to pass the ball to a Brugge player 
  • The incident has sent fans online into a frenzy after seeing the viral clip 

Ex-Liverpool and Real Madrid star Xabi Alonso proved that ‘class is permanent’, according to fans, after his sensational first-touch from Tuesday night went viral.

The Bayer Leverkusen boss stood on the touchline as his side battled it out with Club Brugge in their final Champions League group match.

And cameras caught the moment when the Spaniard produced a sublime touch to plant the ball into the arms of Brugge’s Tajon Buchanan midway through the game – which left fans in awe on social media.

The Bayer Leverkusen coach was on the touchline when he produced a moment of magic

His sensational first-touch perfectly placed the ball into Tajon Buchanan’s arms 

Xabi Alonso was labelled ‘the pass master’ after a clip of his first-touch went viral on Tuesday

During the game at the BayArena, Alonso can be seen standing on the touch-line, looking up, as he judges the flight of the incoming ball.

In one quick movement, he produced a deft first-time touch to perfectly lay the ball into Buchanan’s grasp.

CBS pundits Jamie Carragher and Micah Richards marveled at the clip as the former Liverpool defender labelled him: ‘The pass master!’

Richards similarly was impressed as he said: ‘Look at how cool he is!’  

Fans online were quick to comment on the spectacular touch, with one writing ‘class is permanent’ in response to the video.

‘Xabi has still got it. Touch of class,’ another wrote, suggesting Alonso hasn’t lost any of his football ability since retiring in 2017. 

One fan even referenced the Spaniard’s 2009 move to Real Madrid. ‘I truly cried the day he left Liverpool,’ they wrote.

‘Ooooof this touch from Alonso,’ another said, before adding a heart-eyed emoji.

Fans were quick to react to Alonso’s deft first-touch during the game against Club Brugge

The incident drew high acclaim from CBS pundits Jamie Carragher and Micah Richards

It was only Alonso’s seventh game in charge of the Bundesliga side and their fate in the Champions League had already been sealed. 

All that was on the line was a spot in the Europa League which they managed to secure after Atletico Madrid’s shock loss to Porto earlier in the night. 

The Spaniard started his managerial career at Leverkusen in sensational fashion as his side thrashed Schalke 4-0. 

However, they’ve failed to win a single game after that and have conceded a minimum of two goals in all their games – aside from last night’s draw. 

Leverkusen have only won one game since Xabi Alonso was appointed manager in October

Alonso enjoyed an illustrious playing career that saw him win two Champions Leagues, a World Cup and two European Championships.

Having forged a career at Real Sociedad, he spent five seasons with Liverpool – where he played alongside Carragher. 

He then joined Real Madrid for six years – his longest stint at a club – before ending up at Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich. 

He announced his retirement in 2019 and was quickly appointed manager of Real Sociedad B, which was his first role in the dugout.

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