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Flawless Breno

Youngster shines in first top flight start

Breno had to wait a long time for this moment, 271 days to be precise, the length of time between the Brazilian starlet’s arrival at Bayern on 1 January this year and his first Bundesliga start. The former Sao Paulo youth had previously managed just 17 minutes in the German top flight, but covered the full distance in Saturday’s away meeting with Hannover, and harvested praise from all sides afterwards.

“Breno was our best player today,” commented general manager Uli Hoeneß. “We were extremely pleased with him. He gave a flawless display,” agreed coach Jürgen Klinsmann on Sunday morning. “He’s signified his readiness for more.“

Breno’s lack of match practice was hardly noticeable in Hannover. With Lucio rested and Daniel van Buyten hampered by an injury, the youngster impressed with a calm and intelligent performance alongside Martin Demichelis. “He tackled well, he boasts a lightning turn of pace, and he’s collected on the ball, even when surrounded by three or four opponents. He’s exceptionally mature for his age,” Klinsmann observed.