Monday 18 December 2017

Thiago off mark as bayern add to medal haul

Bayern Munich took yet another title with a 5-1 win over Borussia Moenchengladbach in the final of the pre-season Telekom Cup.

Having beaten Hamburg 4-0 in Saturday's semi-finals, European champions Bayern romped to another win, with new signing Thiago Alcantara scoring in the first half to claim his first goal for the Bavarians.

"We're happy – it's always good to win a pre-season tournament," said coach Pep Guardiola, who has changed Bayern to a 4-1-4-1 system from the conventional 4-2-3-1 formation.

"We have a few things to improve still, we aren't moving enough yet, but it's early in the season and we have a long, long road."

Having made his Munich debut on Saturday against Hamburg, the 22-year-old Thiago chested home his first goal for the European champions yesterday.The Spain U-21 captain signed from Barcelona last Monday in a four-year deal for an initial fee of €20m.

Irish Independent

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