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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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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 March

17:17
17:08
17:02
16:42
16:06
15:50
15:20
15:19
15:07
14:57
14:42
13:51
13:47
11:07
10:57
10:22
09:58
09:46
09:11
07:35
05:44
05:40
05:20
03:57
02:21
01:57
00:20

Saturday 28 February

23:55
23:20
23:00
22:41
22:16
21:19
21:04
20:57
20:50
20:38
20:31
20:29
20:15
20:08
20:07
20:01
19:57
19:48
19:43
19:34
19:17
19:17
19:02
18:55
18:28
18:07
17:59
17:57
17:54
17:52
17:50
17:37
17:34
16:24
16:18
15:38
15:34
15:24
14:54
14:45
14:28
14:19
13:50
12:44
11:48
11:27
04:53
04:19
04:06
03:18
00:25

Friday 27 February

23:27
22:44
22:42
22:19
22:09
21:19
19:53
19:46
19:14
18:53
18:13
18:00
17:51
17:23
17:11
17:08
16:43
16:41
16:27
16:23
16:21
15:57
15:26
14:31
14:00
13:38
13:34
13:27
13:24
13:02
12:59
12:22
11:50
11:04
10:25
09:34
09:02
08:36
05:16
04:51
02:09
02:00
00:45
00:02

Bundesliga table

# Team MP D P
1 23 +53 58
2 22 +24 47
3 23 +13 40
4 23 +8 36
5 23 +5 35
6 23 +2 35
7 23 +1 33
8 23 -3 31
9 22 -8 30
10 23 +0 28
11 23 -8 27
12 23 -3 25
13 23 -8 25
14 23 -14 24
15 23 -17 24
16 23 -20 23
17 23 -8 22
18 23 -17 19

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