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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

Wednesday 1 April

Tuesday 31 March

23:56
23:50
23:42
23:41
23:23
23:17
22:53
22:40
22:39
22:27
22:23
21:28
21:00
20:46
20:04
19:42
19:12
19:09
19:04
19:00
18:39
18:00
17:40
17:37
17:23
17:08
16:56
16:52
16:42
16:32
16:25
16:10
16:07
15:46
14:59
14:39
12:55
12:01
11:39
11:18
10:20
09:53
09:09
08:30
07:46
07:11
03:38
03:35
01:39
00:58
00:32
00:13

Monday 30 March

23:11
23:02
22:43
22:25
21:13
21:00
20:52
20:33
20:12
19:58
19:44
19:05
18:44
18:37
18:09
18:02
17:35
17:27
17:00
16:49
16:38
16:24
16:07
16:01
15:54
15:23
14:46
14:03
13:16
12:42
11:51
11:29
10:54
10:26
10:24
09:32
09:29
08:16
07:31
07:07
04:49
04:35
03:52
02:49

Bundesliga table

# Team MP D P
1 26 +57 64
2 26 +28 54
3 26 +17 47
4 26 +16 45
5 26 +6 39
6 26 -1 38
7 26 +2 37
8 26 -3 34
9 26 -13 34
10 26 +1 33
11 26 -1 30
12 26 -6 30
13 26 -13 29
14 26 -13 27
15 26 -10 25
16 26 -21 25
17 26 -27 24
18 26 -19 23

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