Paul Mitchell reacts to Monaco’s “exciting” draw against Bayer Leverkusen

AS Monaco sporting director Paul Mitchell reacted to the club’s Europa League draw on Monday. The Principality side will face German side Bayer Leverkusen in round of 16, a team now managed by Xabi Alonso.

Asked for his reaction to the draw, Mitchell replied: “I think it’s an exciting draw. Their league position is a little bit false, to be honest. I spend time in Germany, they were always a great rival of ours at RB Leipzig. They were always fighting for the podium, fighting for the top four. I actually, fortunately, and maybe intuitively was there last week for their game against Club Bruges. So I have seen first hand the quality they have. They’ve just changed coach to Alonso, so they have someone implementing a different style and they’ve just had a massive win against Union Berlin at the weekend, who are having a fantastic season. It will be a tough challenge, but I think it will be an exciting game.”

Asked by GFFN’s Luke Entwistle whether Leverkusen represent a somewhat unknown entity given their recent managerial change, Mitchell replied, “Everyone is going to get this kind of micro pre-season again. That will give [Xabi Alonso] time on the grass with his team. Any new coach wants as much of that as they possibly can. I think we’ll see a different Leverkusen in the second half of the season when we play them. Seeing the quality of their squad list, and the dynamism of their team, it’s going to be a tough challenge for us for sure.”

GFFN | Luke Entwistle

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