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Niko Kovač praises Thiago Alcantara

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An impressive season is behind Thiago and a positive start of preseason is already ahead of him. Niko Kovač has only words of praise for the Spaniard.

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Thiago Alcantara has already shown that he’s in excellent form as Bayern Munich have gone through preparations for the new season during this preseason. He was always a very important player for Die Roten, but he significantly improved in the last season and was pivotal for Bayern’s double. Last season was one of his better ones at Bayern, and he is determined to continue the hard work in the next season.

There’s no disputing that he is one of the most (if not the most) important player in Niko Kovač’s game tactics. In the latest interview per Bild, we can see that the Croatian doesn’t hide the fact that the Spaniard is essential for Bayern’s play.

Thiago — what can I say? Top! Not only for the past season. He dictates the tempo of the game, a player who can do anything with the ball. There is nothing he can’t do. He can speed up or slow down the game. He thinks like a coach on the pitch. That’s what every coach wants. I am happy that I can work with such a good man as well as a phenomenal football player.

Kovač sure knows how to get the best out of Thiago, and the connection between the two has already proven to be a very successful one. In the past year, Thiago has received far less criticism of his “casual” style of play. Thiago thrived in the number 6 position, but the Spaniard remains humble saying, “I love to make a team play”.

Surely, Thiago is a mastermind of the midfield, and it will be very interesting to see him coaching one day, if he ever makes that jump.