Thiago: Athletic never gave up

Thiago Alcantara has praised Athletic Bilbao after the Basque side came from behind to draw with Barcelona.

Lionel Messi and Alexis Sanchez had given the Blaugrana the lead, but a 90th minute Ander Herrera strike ensured both sides went away with a point.

And the midfielder has admitted that their last ever match at San Mames was a tough one.

“Athletic Club are a team that always try to win,” he told the club's official website.

“And they didn’t give up until the end.

“We’re in good condition and we have a team that always want to win, but anything can happen in football.

“San Mames is an historic stadium and we’ve always really enjoyed playing here, but I’m sure the new stadium will be great as well.”

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