Thiago: I had to change my Barcelona style for Bayern Munich

The creative midfielder reveals that he had to adapt himself from his years growing up in the Catalan club's philosophy but is a better player for his experience in Germany
Thiago says that he has had to adapt from his "Barcelona style" in order to settle in at Bayern Munich.

The possession-based style of play adopted by Pep Guardiola at the Allianz Arena is often compared to that of the Spaniard's Barca team of 2008-2012 but the young midfielder, who swapped Camp Nou for Germany in the summer, believes that the clubs are quite different.

"I had to change my Barcelona style a bit when I got here," the 22-year-old told TZ. "It's a different type of football but that's only improved me as a player."

Thiago then revealed his happiness with life in Germany, adding: "Some of my former Barcelona team-mates have already visited me here. I am feeling very well here and that's what I've told them as well.

"I didn't have any expectations when I joined Bayern. I had never expected that everything would have been perfectly organised like this."

The Spain international had 185 touches of the ball during Bayern's 5-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday - breaking Bastian Schweinsteiger's Bundesliga record - but he insists that integrating fully into the side is more important to him.

"I don't really care about how many touches of the ball I get. What matters to me is that I understand my team-mates on the pitch," Thiago declared.

"I am slowly starting to get to grips with how the guys are behaving in certain situations and where they want to receive the ball. That's important to me."