Bayer Leverkusen head coach Xabi Alonso praised teenager Florian Wirtz when he in contrast his taking part in fashion to that of Lionel Messi.
- Florian Wirtz is like Messi
- Alonso praises the teenager
- Could make “sensible strikes”
WHAT HAPPENED? Praising the prodigy – who completed behind solely Jude Bellingham in GOAL’s 2022 NXGN rankings – Alonso drew comparisons with Messi and defined how the German midfielder’s potential to make sensible choices on the pitch is much like the Argentine legend.
WHAT THEY SAID: Alonso informed reporters: “There are good gamers and there are gamers who look good on the pitch. A participant who seems good does issues which can be good however not essentially efficient.
“Why is Messi so good? As a result of he is aware of how and when to play easy passes. Messi says: “You’re in a greater place? Right here, there you’ve the ball!” It is not at all times about making the flashiest transfer, it is about making the most effective and smartest transfer. Florian can do this. That is why he is so good.”
BIGGER PICTURE: Wirtz has been sidelined since March 2022 after struggling a knee damage. He missed the remainder of the 2021/22 season and is but to function for Bayer Leverkusen within the present marketing campaign, though he’s set to return after the Bundesliga’s winter break.
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WHAT’S NEXT FOR BAYER LEVERKUSEN? Leverkusen resume their Bundesliga season on January 22 towards Borussia Mönchengladbach, a recreation by which Wirtz is anticipated to function.