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Guardiola’s sympathy for Thiago

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Thiago’s latest serious knee injury was the worst news of the week at FCB. At the press conference prior to the home Bundesliga meeting with Werder Bremen, Pep Guardiola expressed sympathy and regret for the midfielder. “I’m very sad for him,” said the Bayern coach, “no words can help him. What he needs now is time.” Guardiola advised Thiago “to move on from here and continue working. I’m certainly it’ll come good for him. We at the club are there for him!”

Boss looking forward to Papal audience

Guardiola and his team have been granted a private audience with the Pope following next Wednesday’s Champions League match away to AS Roma. “I’ve played in Rome and lived there, but I’ve yet to visit the Vatican,” Guardiola revealed. “I’m really looking forward to it.”

Rail strike will affect Saturday travel

The German train drivers’ union (GDL) has called on its members to strike at the weekend. Apart from long-distance services, Munich’s suburban rail service (S-Bahn) will also be affected, with delays and cancellations likely. Supporters intending to travel to the Allianz Arena by public transport for the home meeting with Bremen are advised to take the disruption into account when planning their trip.