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Europa League.. Bayer Leverkusen challenges Atalanta to continue making history



Europa League.. Bayer Leverkusen challenges Atalanta to continue making history

German side Bayer Leverkusen look to continue making history during their exceptional season, when they take on Italian side Atalanta tomorrow, Wednesday, in the European Football League final.

Bayer Leverkusen, led by their Spanish coach

During this season, Leverkusen played 51 matches in all tournaments and suffered no defeats.

For a long time, the Leverkusen team, which finished second in the Bundesliga, German Cup and Champions League in the 2001/2002 season, was described as “Neverkusen” (i.e. -say the team that never wins). But this year the team was able to change this name after winning the Bundesliga title and qualifying for the European League and German Cup finals.

Xavi Alonso makes glory with Bayer Leverkusen

When Xavi Alonso took charge of the team, which was struggling in the bottom half of the table less than two years ago, the club underwent a radical transformation and reached the top, where it toppled all its competitors of the German First Division. They beat Augsburg last week to finish the championship undefeated.

Thanks to their powerful attack, the team has scored 135 goals in all competitions this season, while only conceding 39 goals. However, Leverkusen can still add to their brilliance in this historic season.

Leverkusen are looking forward to winning their second European title, following the 1988 European Cup. If the team manages to beat Atalanta, the treble will be within their reach when Alonso and his teammates face Kaiserslautern in the European Cup final. Germany three days later.

Bayer Leverkusen was famous this season for scoring many decisive goals in the final moments, thanks to which the team was able to continue its journey in the continental championship.

The team trailed Azerbaijani team Qarabag 2-0 in the first leg of the round of 16 match, but scored two goals in the 70th and final minute of the match to level the score. In the return match, Qarabag’s team was ahead. 2/1 until the final minute of normal time before Leverkusen scored back-to-back goals in stoppage time to advance to the quarter-finals, where West Ham won 3/2 on aggregate in the two-legged ties .

In the semi-finals, the team was able to take revenge on Roma, who had eliminated them last year, and beat them 4-2 on aggregate in the two-legged match, knowing that they would have lost the return match 1-2 if it had it was not the same for Seb Stanisic’s goal, scored in stoppage time.

Leverkusen cruised through the group stage with an unbeaten record of six wins in six matches and could now become the fourth team to win the title unbeaten.

Atalanta is looking for its first European title

But Bayer Leverkusen’s task will not be easy at all, especially as Atalanta are also looking to win their first title since 1963 when they won the Italian Cup.

The Atalanta team, qualified for the European League final for the first time in its history, will look to win the title and reconcile its fans after failing to win the Italian Cup following its defeat to the Juventus.

The last confrontation between Atalanta and Bayer Leverkusen took place in the European League during the 2021/2022 season, where Atalanta won 3/2 at home before losing by one goal a week later in Germany.

Atalanta can dream of winning the European title for the first time, especially since they knew how to eliminate big teams, since they dominated their group in the group stage, then eliminated the Portuguese team, Sporting Lisbon , in the round of 16, before the English Liverpool were eliminated in the quarter-finals, then ousted the French club Marseille in the semi-final.

Atalanta became the eleventh Italian team to reach the final of a continental tournament, and they can become the first Italian team to win the European League title if they win tomorrow’s match.

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