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FC Barcelona Manager Tito Vilanova feeling stronger every day

Barça Manager gave his first official press conference since he returned to Barcelona from New York, where he received treatment for his illness. “There were problems due to the distance. But in New York, my day to day life was generally good, and I was able to keep in contact with the team thanks to new technologies”, he said. “If ever I get two days off, I don’t know what to do. This job is no burden to me and the doctors told me that the best thing I could do was to work”, he explained.

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26 April 2013 08:53 PM

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Barcelona (FCB).- The pressroom at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper was especially busy today, with the media keen to hear what Tito Vilanova would have to say in his first official press conference since he returned to Barcelona from New York. The coach was highly optimistic about the situation and also spoke frankly about his future, saying that \u201CI feel strong, and health permitting, I\u2019m looking forward to continuing in the job \u2026 I feel well after all that I\u2019ve been through, I didn\u2019t come back any earlier because there were some secondary effects. But I\u2019m feeling better with every day and I was really looking forward to returning here.\u201D


He went on to say a bit about how he had remained in contact with his work while he was in the United States. \u201CThere were problems due to the distance. But in New York, my day to day life was generally good, and I was able to keep in contact with the team thanks to new technologies.\u201D There were some tough moments, but he never considered giving up his position. \u201CIf ever I get two days off, I don\u2019t know what to do. This job is no burden to me and the doctors told me that the best thing I could do was to work\u201D.

A grateful coach

Vilanova especially singled out his fellow coaches for praise, saying that \u201CRoura and Altimira have done an exemplary job at a very high level \u2026 In any other place this situation of not having a manager would have been a big problem. It was a difficult decision for the club, but I\u2019d have accepted it, whatever it was \u2026 The club\u2019s work-rate and commitment has been extraordinary, we should be pleased with these players for managing to hold their place in the [Spanish] league and reach the Champions League semi-finals for the sixth year running\u201D.

The Bavarian challenge

Tito Vilanova was also pressed on more sports-related issues, and particularly the heavy defeat at the Allianz Arena. \u201CBayern truly did come into the game on spectacular form, and although we didn\u2019t play badly, we weren\u2019t at our best. But 4-0 was not a fair reflection\u201D he said. \u201CBut we are Barça and it is our obligation to go out in front of our fans and show them what we are made of, to compete and try to win. We\u2019ll see what happens. We have to play confidently. I know it will be difficult, but I\u2019m not throwing the towel in\u201D.

Liga, the sooner the better

But before that, Barça visit San Mamés, knowing that they could actually clinch the Spanish League title this weekend. \u201CI don\u2019t care when we win it, but the sooner the better\u201D said Vilanova. \u201CI want us to be the champions.\u201D In general, although he accepts there was room for improvement, he is happy with the way the season has gone. \u201CWe are having an excellent League, I\u2019m convinced that we\u2019re in the strongest league there is, and getting so many points shows that we are doing things right\u201D.

Looking ahead

The names of various players came up during the press conference, but Vilanova preferred not to dwell too much on those matters. \u201CThe most important part of the season is upon us, and it\u2019s not the time to be speaking about players coming or going\u201D he said. Neither did he think that the 4-0 defeat in Munich had to change the way people are thinking about the bigger picture. \u201CAll year we are panning for the following season and I don\u2019t think there need to be any big changes to what has already been spoken about. It is not easy to make this team any better\u201D. On two of the most sensitive cases, Abidal and Valdés, he did have something to say. On the Frenchman, he commented that \u201Che\u2019ll keep taking things a step at a time as he has done until now\u201D while regarding the goalkeeper he commented that \u201CI\u2019d have no problem if he were to decide to stay for another year\u201D. Valdés\u2019 contract ends in 2014 and he has already announced that he does not intend to renew it.

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  • Tito Vilanova giving his first press conference after his return from New York (by FC Barcelona)

  • Tito Vilanova giving his first press conference after his return from New York (by FC Barcelona)