"FC Barcelona and Bayern's single similarity is the ball possession, but these teams play a completely different style"
Thiago Alcántara conceded an interview at Globosporte, where he talked about Bayern and Guardiola, but also about Messi and Neymar, about his brother Rafinha and also about his relation with Brazil.
- "He is a fantastic player. He is working a lot to recover. He is not 100% because he needs to play some matches, but I think he will be ready for the Olympic Games."
- "I don't know if he will play Copa América or the Olympic Games, but it would be good for him to get rhythm."
- "Messi is much better than any other player I have ever seen."
- "I think Messi is much better than Cristiano."
- "He is a competitive beast. He always wants to win. He makes things easy, playing in the best way."
- "Neymar can win Ballon d'Or, because he is a top-level player."
Barça and Bayern
- "The only similarity is that both teams want to have the ball. But their styles are completely different. It's like comparing Barça and Madrid."
- "I grew up in Barcelona, so this is the city where I will probably live when I retire."
- "He is good, he is good. He is thinking about soccer 24 hours a day. He is always trying to improve our game."
- "We trust in him. Not only for what he says, but also for what we do and what is going on."
- "Right now it's not possible that I go to City with him. I'm fine here."
- "In other seasons, the injuries damaged us a lot, both against Real Madrid and FC Barcelona. At the end of the season, you need all the players available."
- "Against Juventus we suffered from fatigue, both physical and moral. We are talking about a three-time winner in Italy and Champions League runner-up..."
- "We are professional enough to forget rivalry between Barça and Madrid when playing for the national team."
Relationship with Brazil
- "The Brazilian have the best technique and quality in the world. You will never find anything like them. But they need a better organization."
- "I have never considered playing in Brazil, but you never know..."
- "Rafinha is more linked with Brazil. He was born there. I am a citizen of the world."