He may not have got on the score sheet, but few would deny the contribution of Thiago to Bayern Munich's comfortable 3-0 win in Cologne, a performance that earned him a place in the vote to find the #BLMVP for Matchday 23.
Thiago was everywhere in midfield as Bayern totally dominated possession against a deep-lying Cologne side. The hosts enjoyed 69 per cent of the ball and fired in 20 shots to the hosts' six.
The Spaniard has been mesmerising in a number-ten role for the champions this season but, as he demonstrated in Cologne, can be equally devastating playing deeper in midfield.
Top Facts - Thiago
- The midfielder's 142 touches of the ball at the RheinEnergieSTADION were 97 more than the highest opposition player (Pawel Olkowski, 45).Thiago completed 106 passes in Cologne; the hosts' best performer in that category, Marco Höger, completed 21 passes.Only Arturo Vidal (16) won more tackles than Thiago (12).