Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has described new signing Thiago Alcantara as “a complete player”.
Thiago, who arrived from Barcelona earlier this month, and coach Pep Guardiola take on their old club in the Uli Hoeness Cup at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday.
He scored his debut goal for Bayern as they beat Borussia Monchengladbach 5-1 in the final of the pre-season Telekom Cup at the weekend, chesting in a Jerome Boateng cross, and Rummenigge told the club’s official website: “You can see he’s a complete player.
“He has exceptionally good technique, and he’s completely taken on board our tactics, partly due to the fact he’s already worked under Pep.
“I’ve seen the incredible energy Pep puts in. It makes me want to go out there and join in myself. He has fantastic ideas, but he's also a meticulous hard worker. Nothing happens by chance - every last detail is planned.”
Bayern have stormed through pre-season so far, and Rummenigge said he believed that showed the arrival of Guardiola - who succeeded treble-winning coach Jupp Heynckes - was having the desired effect.
He added that he had been “utterly convinced we needed something new after last season”, adding: “Only renewal and fresh ideas could prevent everyone from taking it a little easier – and that’s an immediate step backwards.
“The task for the coach, the players and the management is to do as good a job as possible.”
He said Guardiola’s frequent changes to the starting formation would make it “almost impossible for future opponents to plan for playing Bayern”.