As the Bundesliga takes center stage around the globe this past weekend, millions of people tune in on Sunday to watch league leaders Bayern Munich go through their pits in a win 2-0 against Union Berlin. While the two-month break obviously took a toll on the level of play, Bayern relied on the unwavering brilliance of Thiago Alcântara midfielder to establish the pace of play and control 62% of possession.
Thiago finished with the second most touches (111), most completed passes (80), an 88% success rate, and most defensive jumps won (six). This all goes to show that you can move Thiago away from Cross Racks, but you cannot remove Thiago’s Cross Racks.
If you want a clear demonstration of his technical quality, here is proof that he is a wizard.
Que alguém semper te trate com o carinho que Thiago Alcântara trata a bola pic.twitter.com/9OXpZhW8nG
Now take Thiago’s ability to do whatever he wants with the ball – without ever letting it touch the ground – and apply it to tennis football.
Here he is in Bayern training, playing alongside Ivan Perišić against David Alaba and Kingsley Coman. Remember that Alaba is a three-time UEFA Team of the Year selection and Coman has already won league titles in France, Italy and Germany at the age of. 23 years.
It doesn’t matter – Thiago is a cheat code.