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Guardiola lauds ´fearless´ Thiago

1 December 2013 11:11

Pep Guardiola heaped praise on Thiago Alcantara after the Bayern Munich midfielder completed his first 90 minutes since July.

The 22-year-old played the full game as Bayern extended their unbeaten Bundesliga run to 39 matches with a routine 2-0 home win over Eintracht Braunschweig on Saturday.


Thiago joined the German and European champions from Barcelona in the close-season, but completed 90 minutes just once - in the 4-2 DFL-Supercup defeat to Borussia Dortmund - before sustaining a knee injury against Nuremberg on August 24.


He made his comeback after three months out as a substitute in the 3-0 league victory at Dortmund last week, before then playing an hour in Bayern’s 3-1 UEFA Champions League win over CSKA Moscow on Wednesday.


Guardiola then gave the Spain international a full match against Braunschweig, and the ex-Barca coach was pleased with his "courageous" compatriot's display.


"We have a lot of injured players and Thiago wasn't fit enough to play a full 90-minute game before," he said.


"He is a courageous player but still needs time to get back to full fitness.


"I'm happy about his performance, he is a player that doesn’t know the word fear. He is very brave - I am satisfied, to come back like this after a three-month absence.


"That shows very strong character and it's a great effort from him, I'm happy with his performance."

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Info

Competition
Bundesliga
Date
30 November 2013
Game week
14
Kick-off
15:30
Half-time
2 - 0
Full-time
2 - 0
Venue
Allianz-Arena (München)
Attendance
71000

Goals

A. Robben 2'  
1 - 0
A. Robben 30'
(assist by T. Kroos) 
2 - 0

Lineups

Substitutes

Sunday 30 August

Saturday 29 August

23:35
22:56
22:45
22:43
22:29
21:41
21:31
21:07
20:50
20:38
20:32
20:30
20:29
20:23
20:07
20:04
19:56
19:49
19:43
19:41
19:29
19:26
19:17
19:12
19:06
18:40
18:08
18:02
18:02
18:02
17:54
17:50
17:14
16:33
16:18
16:15
15:55
15:38
14:41
13:33
13:24
13:13
12:18
12:15
11:34
11:10
09:49
08:05
07:20
06:39
05:14
04:27
04:15
03:13
02:54
01:47
00:41
00:30
00:16

Friday 28 August

23:40
23:29
23:23
23:22
22:49
22:39
22:37
21:59
21:04
20:52
20:36
20:18
20:16
19:41
19:26
19:08
18:37
18:27
18:13
18:05
17:59
17:37
17:24
17:16
16:54
16:47
16:28
16:10
15:55
15:54
15:46
15:36
15:35
15:28
14:25
14:19
14:16
14:02
13:49
13:21
13:05
12:33
11:40
11:35
11:30
11:11
11:04
10:14
09:32
09:03
08:43
08:29
06:17
06:16
05:34
04:57
04:38
04:20
03:59
03:53
02:41
01:13
01:10
00:25
00:15
00:07

Bundesliga table

# Team MP D P
1 3 +9 9
2 3 +4 7
3 3 +3 7
4 2 +8 6
5 3 +3 6
6 3 -1 6
7 3 -2 6
8 3 +2 4
9 2 +1 4
10 3 +0 4
11 3 +0 3
12 3 -5 3
13 3 -4 1
14 3 -2 1
15 2 -3 1
16 3 -2 1
17 2 -5 0
18 3 -6 0

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