MUNICH – Bayern Munich's chances of winning the Champions League have not diminished since the recent rise of mega-rich clubs, according to the German club's midfielder Thiago Alcantara.
"In my opinion it's as hard as it was before, nothing has changed," the 28-year-old Brazilian said in an interview published on Tuesday in magazines Spox and Goal.
"It's always difficult to win the Champions League. You think of all the great teams that go away empty-handed year after year."
Bayern last won the Champions League in 2013. Since then, European football has seen transfer fees inflate dramatically, with the English game in particular awash with money - some of it flowing from the Gulf states.
That money has bypassed Germany, where ownership rules preclude wealthy foreign investors from taking charge of clubs.