Thiago Alcântara rejects the Barcelona philosophy
Scorer of one of Bayern Munich’s goals in the victory 2-0 over Raja Casablanca that secured the Club World Cup title, Spanish-Brazilian attacking midfielder Thiago Alcântara keenly celebrated the win with his teammates. The party, he said, was a measure of the importance which the German side placed on the tournament.
“Playing in this championship was hard work. The champions of all the continents were here. The Germans value it, yes,” insisted the 22-year-old.
A product of Barcelona, Thiago Alcântara has been reunited at Bayern Munich with Josep Guardiola. He wants to put to one side the experiences that they previously had together. “We have to forget the philosophy of Barcelona because German football is different,” he said. “We are playing very well, with a new coach, but we’re not at our best yet. We will give the fans much more to cheer about.”
Thiago Alcântara is the son of Mazinho, a World Cup winner with the Brazilian national team, but chose to represent Spain at international level. He wants to come to Brazil in 2014 to win another World Cup, this time the one between countries and not clubs.
“We fight every day to secure a place in the national team. But this is a goal for the end of the season. For now, I just want to do well in the Bundesliga and the Champions League.”