The video showing Jose Mourinho discussing Xabi Alonso has resurfaced in light of the Spaniard's impressive beginning as the manager of Bayer Leverkusen.
At the time of Alonso's appointment as Bayer Leverkusen's boss, the team was placed in the 17th position in the Bundesliga table.
After five months, Alonso's team has progressed significantly and is now contending for a top-four finish, currently occupying the sixth position.
On Thursday night, Leverkusen secured their spot in the Europa League semi-finals by defeating the Belgian team Union St. Gilloise 4-1.
Following his outstanding start as a manager, a video of Mourinho foreseeing Alonso's future as a coach has resurfaced.
During a Top Eleven conference in 2019, Mourinho remarked, "His father was a manager, so he grew up in a similar environment as me. Later, he became a player - undoubtedly much better than I ever was."
“He became a player, a top player. His position on the pitch and his knowledge of the game – very high.
“He played in Spain, in England and in Germany. And he was coached by Guardiola with Bayern, by myself in Real Madrid, by Ancelotti in Real Madrid, by Benitez in Liverpool.”
Mourinho continued: “So, I think if you put all this together, Xabi has the conditions to be a very good coach.”
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Jose never misses, now we’re gonna see Xabi Alonso vs Jose Mourinho in the semis.pic.twitter.com/glO3czZLOA— Dr Yash (@YashRMFC) April 20, 2023
Alonso's accomplishments at Leverkusen have garnered the interest of Liverpool fans, with a considerable number of supporters advocating for his hiring when Jurgen Klopp decides to step down from his position.
In the upcoming Europa League semi-final, Alonso will be facing off against Mourinho as Leverkusen goes against Roma.
In the previous match Roma overcame a 1-0 deficit against Feyenoord, winning 4-1 in extra time at the Stadio Olimpico on Thursday night.
Speaking after the match, Mourinho said: “Now you see why my hair is this white! With 150 European games, I've seen everything.
“I’m in a phase of my career where the players are more important than myself.”
Who will come out on top between Alonso and Mourinho? Only time will tell.