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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 May

Saturday 30 April

23:52
23:03
22:35
22:24
21:54
21:35
21:23
20:42
20:40
20:38
20:34
20:27
20:24
20:09
20:09
20:06
19:59
19:57
19:48
19:44
19:41
19:27
19:27
19:19
19:14
19:11
19:00
18:50
18:34
18:19
18:05
18:04
18:02
17:56
17:54
17:37
17:26
17:26
17:12
16:19
15:50
15:00
14:50
14:44
14:34
14:23
14:06
13:59
13:48
13:35
13:21
12:42
12:35
12:20
11:36
11:07
10:10
09:31
07:23
07:17
05:59
04:35
04:20
04:14
03:31
03:16
02:17
02:13
02:00
01:56
00:58
00:56
00:10

Friday 29 April

23:40
23:36
23:34
23:34
22:30
20:23
20:15
20:08
19:41
19:24
19:19
18:43
17:35
17:27
17:12
17:08
16:55
16:45
16:23
16:13
16:02
15:59
15:33
15:29
15:03
14:56
14:37
14:35
14:33
14:30
14:15
14:12
13:59
13:35
13:23
13:13
12:56
12:45
12:38
12:34
12:16
11:57
11:49
11:40
11:33
11:13
10:57
10:51
10:40
09:59
09:34
09:02
08:52
07:06
05:10
04:47
04:16
03:44
03:41
03:04
02:13
01:55
01:42
01:40
01:19
00:48
00:45
00:14
00:06

Bundesliga table

# Team MP D P
1 32 +60 82
2 32 +49 77
3 32 +16 57
4 32 +14 49
5 32 +1 49
6 32 -1 48
7 32 +2 46
8 32 -4 41
9 32 -7 40
10 32 -5 39
11 32 -7 38
12 32 -8 37
13 32 -11 37
14 32 -14 35
15 31 -17 33
16 32 -18 33
17 31 -20 31
18 32 -30 22

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