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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 19 April

Saturday 18 April

23:42
23:27
23:16
22:48
22:44
22:36
22:06
21:57
21:53
21:38
21:35
21:30
21:26
21:15
21:10
21:07
20:57
20:54
20:48
20:36
20:30
20:28
20:24
20:19
20:16
20:11
20:01
20:00
19:50
19:45
19:32
19:32
19:30
19:23
19:23
19:23
19:16
18:58
18:54
18:04
18:02
18:01
17:56
17:56
17:34
17:20
15:47
13:55
13:24
12:18
11:11
10:23
10:08
08:53
06:14
05:30
04:09
03:26
03:06

Friday 17 April

23:58
23:50
23:28
22:45
22:34
22:30
21:02
20:22
18:50
18:48
17:57
17:30
17:16
17:03
16:46
16:46
16:38
16:04
15:46
15:36
15:16
14:58
14:37
14:33
14:29
14:21
14:11
13:55
13:49
13:43
13:36
13:23
13:22
13:02
12:33
12:17
11:57
11:52
11:18
10:59
10:35
09:09
08:28
07:32
07:25
07:02
05:26
03:37
03:12
02:47
02:38
01:26
01:06
01:00

Bundesliga table

# Team MP D P
1 29 +63 73
2 28 +32 60
3 29 +25 54
4 29 +22 54
5 29 -1 42
6 28 +6 41
7 29 -4 37
8 29 +1 36
9 29 -6 36
10 28 -14 35
11 29 -1 34
12 29 -6 34
13 29 -11 34
14 29 -10 29
15 29 -17 29
16 29 -31 27
17 29 -21 26
18 28 -27 25

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