Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago is relishing Saturday’s pre-season showdown with Real Madrid in the United States. A huge crowd is expected at Houston’s NRG Stadium as the German champions take on the Spanish giants in another friendly across the Atlantic.
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The Bavarians lost 2-1 to Premier League Arsenal in their previous American encounter this summer, with Eddie Nketiah’s late goal giving the Gunners a morale-boosting success in Los Angeles. The players have now moved on to Texas and Thiago, who knows all about La Liga football after five years at Barcelona, is looking forward to the test of playing against a side who have enjoyed so much Champions League success in recent years.
“It helps us to take on the best teams during pre-season so we can assess where we are,” he said. “It’s very hard to win the Champions League once, but they achieved it three times in a row.”