Bayern Munich have every right to feel aggrieved at not making it to the Champions League quarter-finals. Even though Real Madrid were great across both legs of the European giants’ epic quarter-final bout, some shaky officiating contributed to Los Blancos winning out in the end, leaving the Bavarians to wait once again for a shot at a European trophy.
Manchester City fans would have been watching on enviously as the tournament reached it’s crunch phase and not just because they themselves would have wanted their team to be playing, but due to Thiago Alcantara’s performance. The Spaniard is reportedly a player Pep Guardiola is keen to link up with at the Etihad Stadium and he put in a stellar showing…
As the numbers show, Thiago ran the show for his team, having 119 touches of the ball – the most of any player on the pitch – while also playing 103 passes, completing 88% of those. The playmaker contributed four key passes, fired two shots and completed one dribble, too.
Guardiola has coached Thiago at Barcelona and Bayern – taking him between the two clubs – and a third reunion may make sense.