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Tito Vilanova: “Excitement is guaranteed against Málaga”

FC Barcelona Manager is wary Málaga despite the 1 to 3 result at La Rosaleda this Sunday: "It will be more difficult because our rival will play with the result". Vilanova called on the Camp Nou faithful to attend the match: "We have the chance to watch a game worthy of the Champions League. Excitement is guaranteed, in addition Messi will offer up his fourth Ballon d'Or". On Pep Guardiola's future, the Barça manager said that "it's great news [that he's coming back]. Football needs the best coach to manage again".


15 January 2013 07:36 PM


Anna Segura

Barcelona (FCB).- Barça Manager, Tito Vilanova, believes that the Spanish Cup quarter final playoff against Málaga will be different from the match played this Sunday at La Rosaleda. \u201CThe other day in the league we played a great match but we know who were coming up against [on Wednesday]. It\u2019s a match worthy of the Champions League. They\u2019ve shown what they are capable of.\u201D He added that Málaga \u201Chave many virtues and I believe that it will be much more difficult in a two-leg tie. It\u2019s more difficult when it\u2019s a playoff because your rival plays with the result.\u201D

A full Camp Nou

Barça Manager hopes that fans attend tomorrow\u2019s match at the Camp Nou in order to help the team get a good result ahead of the return leg in Andalusia. \u201CWe have the chance to watch a game worthy of the Champions League. It\u2019s going to be exciting, in addition Leo Messi will offer up his fourth Ballon d\u2019Or to the Camp Nou. It would be good to have a full stadium so he can be properly recognised.\u201D

Málaga won\u2019t alter its approach 

When asked about tomorrow\u2019s game against Málaga, Vilanova noted that he believes Manuel Pellegrini\u2019s side won\u2019t change its approach. \u201CPellegrini\u2019s teams all play a very similar style of football and that\u2019s why I don\u2019t think their approach will be different.\u201D

The Catalan manager confirmed that tomorrow\u2019s line-up will be different to the starting XI he sent out on Sunday. \u201CWe\u2019re lucky that the players that don\u2019t get a lot of minutes have helped us win so many points in the league. Any team that we send out will be competitive. Each one of the players transmits confidence.\u201D

\u201CThere are many games left\u201D

When asked about the Spanish League and the advantage over Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid, Vilanova said, \u201Cthere are a lot of games left.\u201D He added: \u201CMadrid are capable of winning their remaining matches and we can lose our advantage.\u201D Therefore the goal isn\u2019t to rely on that advantage; rather, it\u2019s \u201Cto increase it. The best way to maintain our form is to consider that each and everyone of our matches is important. The day we rely on our advantage is the day we lose.\u201D

Sergio Busquets and David Villa 

Tito Vilanova finished his press conference by praising Sergio Busquets. Despite the fact that the midfielder is often overlooked for individual awards, the manager believes that \u201Cwhat\u2019s important is that he feels valued by us. For me, in that position, he\u2019s the best player in the world.\u201D

On David Villa, who will miss tomorrow\u2019s match against Málaga due to injury, Tito explained that \u201Cagainst Spartak he had some physical problems that hampered his progress. Now he\u2019s sustained other physical problems that have nothing to do with his injury.\u201D

Pleased Guardiola is returning to football

Tito Vilanova was visibly pleased when he talked about Pep Guardiola\u2019s anticipated return to football. \u201CIt\u2019s great news that Pep is eager and ready to return. Football needs the best coach to manage again. I\u2019m sure it will go very well for him wherever he goes.\u201D The manager also reminded the press room that he\u2019s not competing to best the numbers put up by Pep\u2019s Barça. \u201CI feel very much part of what was done before and therefore I\u2019m competing against myself. I haven\u2019t won anything, on a general level I would lose in any comparison [with Guardiola].\u201D Finally, when asked to highlight his best memory from when he was Guardiola\u2019s assistant, Vilanova said, \u201Cthe 5 to 0 over Madrid and the final of the Champions League in London.\u201D


  • Tito Vilanova at this Tuesday's press conference before the Spanish Cup game with Málaga (by FC Barcelona)

  • Tito Vilanova at this Tuesday's press conference before the Spanish Cup game with Málaga (by FC Barcelona)