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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 1 February

19:55
19:54
19:38
19:32
19:17
19:12
19:01
18:58
18:24
17:40
17:15
17:10
17:05
16:50
16:31
15:54
15:42
15:40
15:14
14:45
14:29
14:23
14:08
13:31
12:26
12:00
10:46
10:12
06:28
05:48
04:42
04:29
03:05
02:34
01:15
00:09

Saturday 31 January

23:51
23:47
23:33
23:15
23:05
22:49
22:39
22:34
22:30
22:19
22:01
21:53
21:52
21:29
21:21
21:10
20:56
20:37
20:32
20:26
20:24
20:24
20:21
20:11
20:03
19:59
19:54
19:50
19:37
19:32
19:29
19:18
19:14
19:07
18:50
18:40
18:38
18:21
18:11
18:01
17:58
17:57
17:56
17:54
17:51
17:26
17:17
17:12
16:51
16:50
16:37
16:21
16:12
16:03
15:42
15:29
15:21
15:08
14:50
12:56
12:03
11:07
11:01
10:45
09:45
03:52
03:42
03:40
02:40
01:49
01:10
00:53
00:14

Friday 30 January

23:56
23:32
23:19
23:08
22:21
21:09
20:41
20:24
20:10
19:34
19:22
19:15
18:55
18:33
18:18
18:04
17:46
17:29
17:21
17:08
16:41
16:20
16:04
15:56
15:37
15:29
15:22
15:21
15:18
14:55
14:24
14:21
14:13
14:12
14:12
13:55
13:52
13:44
13:39
13:16
12:08
12:05
12:00
11:59
11:54
11:46
11:35
11:24
10:56
10:34
09:59
09:55
09:47
08:53
07:05
05:47
05:26
04:12
04:10
03:34
02:50
02:49
01:54
01:08
00:03

Bundesliga table

# Team MP D P
1 18 +34 45
2 18 +19 37
3 18 +10 30
4 18 +8 30
5 18 +3 30
6 18 +8 29
7 18 +2 26
8 18 -6 24
9 18 -3 23
10 18 -4 22
11 18 +1 21
12 18 -11 20
13 18 -10 19
14 18 -5 18
15 18 -13 18
16 18 -12 17
17 18 -13 17
18 18 -8 16

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