Thiago: “I hope this can continue”
Just like Jonathan dos Santos (19) – who was praised by everyone for his performance on his debut on Saturday, there were also good remarks levelled at Thiago Alcantara (18) for his composed display on Tuesday despite the defeat.
The Brazilian-born player, in his first official match for the first team, started the match alongside Andres Iniesta and Rafael Marquez in midfield. Against Sevilla, one of the top teams in Spain, it was sort of a trial by fire for the young player. He played for 70 minutes before being replaced by the player he hopes to emulate, Xavi Hernandez.
A match that will always be remembered by him, Thiago reminisce about the moment, “I only found out that I would be in the starting eleven a few minutes before the match, and I was not expecting it.”
“I hope that this can continue.”
Demonstrating his maturity beyond his years, Thiago was not awestruck by the stage or the opponent, giving an impressive display all-round.
“It is the only way I know how to play,” was his reply, noting his gratitude to his seniors for their treatment and advice before the match, “They are a fantastic group of players,” the player said.
Denying that he has a strong character, Thiago said, “It is not my personality. I have a lot of respect for everyone, but sometimes, that is just how I am on the pitch.”
Asked what he thinks of the coach, the player said, “Even though Pep has a serious personality, I have never seen him mad.”
Finally, touching the team’s chances of in the Copa, Thiago thinks that they can still qualify even though it is “tough.”
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