For years Thiago Alcántara was undisputed clock in the midfield of FC Bayern Munich. But of the genius of the Spaniard is currently little to see. Ironically, before the Bundesliga top match against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday (from 18:30 in the live ticker) Thiago is stuck for weeks in the constant low. "What should I say to Thiago? Top! What he played last year, was sensationally good is what every coach wishes for, "enthused Niko Kovac, who has since been released, from his model student Thiago before the season.
The magic foot was not infrequently Bavaria's key to success in recent years. As a creative developer of ideas and driver, he determined the pace and dominance of the Bavarians, provided numerous brilliant moments and shone with dream-bounds that were centimeter-accurate. In recent years, Thiago also discovered his worker gene, made regularly strong on the six games. Was Thiago not injured, so he had been almost always set since his move in 2013 from FC Barcelona to the Säbener road, a real perseverance. But the role of the indispensable clothed Thiago this season no more. The 36-fold international suffered a first setback in a tight 3-2 victory against SC Paderborn in late September. Thia as FC BayernThiago's uncertainty factor is often baffled at Bayern After a frighteningly weak performance Kovac Thiago took already in the half-time break of Space. That the midfielder was replaced in the Bayern dress last time after 45 minutes, was at the time back 1467 days. "That he had better days, is clear," commented Chief Executive Officer Karl-Heinz Rummenigge Thiagos appearance against "Sport 1" .Doch these "better days" are at Thiago this season in short supply. The 28-year-old ex-coach Pep Guardiola at that time with the legendary words "Thiago or nothing!" at Bayern billed, recorded in 14 competitive matches only two assists. In the Bundesliga, he was involved in any single goal. In the game of Thiago Thiago is currently more likely as an uncertainty factor. The Champions League winner of 2011 plays too risky, unfocused, partly sloppy and despite his overall solid pass rate (91 percent) repeatedly bad passes in dangerous zones.To great pressure for Thiago? Thiago also fails, one anyway unsettled Münchner team calm and rhythm einimpfen.Dabei he should take over after the departure of veteran Arjen Robben and Franck Ribéry more responsibility in the young Munich team. Finally, the right foot is one of the most experienced professionals in the squad of the record champions. In view of the mixed season start of FC Bayern, the uncertainty has apparently penetrated to the actually so self-assured Thiago. "You must not be afraid, do not be afraid to make mistakes, do not worry You need passion, "he said just a few weeks ago to club magazine" 51 ". Perhaps exactly this fear makes Thiago currently a line through the calculation. Sports director Hasan Salihamidzic is still not worried about Thiago. "We all know what he means for qualities, we know what Thiago can do, we talk to him a lot, he knows exactly where he is" and he's working to "get back in shape", the 42-year-old said "Sky" .Flick relies on Kimmich and GoretzkaAlso Thiago himself sees the criticism of his person calmly: "I have been here for six years, we have each time been champions and three times cup winners, four times in the semi-finals of the Champions League What people think and say I do not say anything, I play. "But whether Thiago will get a chance in the near future is questionable. Bayern interim coach Hansi Flick left the 28-year-old defeated in the Champions League against Olympiakos Piraeus (2: 0) 90 minutes on the bench. Instead, Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka played in the central midfield. This measure was probably a pointer to the future. "Today it is important that the team plays," said Flick after the game with regard to the killer at BVB.Thiago must therefore still be patient until he gets the chance to show it to his critics on the pitch – his Dauertief stops for the time being.Lissy Beckonert