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Tito Vilanova: “The best way to beat the FIFA Virus is to win at Getafe”

FC Barcelona’s Manager thinks winning all three points at the ever-difficult Coliseum Alfonso Pérez would be the best way to deal with the problem of so many absent international players being away this week. On the five-point lead over Real Madrid, Vilanova says “the important thing is that we’ve got nine points”.


14 September 2012 09:11 PM


Vanessa Forns

Barcelona (FCB).- Now that the international break is over, Barça return to the Spanish League action on Saturday in search of the fourth win out of four at the ever-difficult Getafe, where they lost last season. Tito Vilanova is well aware of the dangers. \u201CGetafe has always been a tough ground for us. Last year they sat back and defended. I just watched the game again and we weren\u2019t comfortable with it. Their players play very tight together. I know exactly how we have to play against them\u201D.

He also spoke about the international break, and how in its wake he has been left with three unavailable players, Iniesta, Alexis and Jordi Alba. But rather than moan about it, he\u2019s ready to assume the consequences. \u201CIt\u2019s inevitable\u201D he said. \u201CWe\u2019re lucky enough to have the best players in the world and that\u2019s why we have to let them go. So they get injured? That could happen here too. It happens to any players at big clubs. It\u2019s normal for people to want to play for their country, it\u2019s a privilege\u201D.

Cover for changes

Asked what he\u2019ll do about the three players that are out for the game at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez, Vilanova admitted that \u201Cit changes things a bit. It doesn\u2019t just affect the starting eleven, but also possible changes in the second half \u2026 There\u2019s nothing we can do about it, but the best way to beat the FIFA Virus is by beating Getafe\u201D.

Considering who\u2019s missing, this might mean chances for Thiago and Villa. On the former, Vilanova said that \u201Che\u2019s been training very well over the last few weeks and is in good shape,\u201D while on the Asturian he commented that \u201Che can play more than 45 minutes, he\u2019s getting better every day\u201D. He also spoke about Cesc Fàbregas, \u201Ca top level player that would be in the first eleven of any team in the world,\u201D and also Puyol, who has been declared fit and \u201Cfeels confident with the protection and is ready to play\u201D.

Nine points what matter most

Three matches before the clásico, Barça lead Real Madrid by five points. Vilanova reckons \u201Cthe objective is to worry about each game \u2026 It\u2019s no use looking further ahead. The most important game right now is against Getafe. It\u2019s a difficult ground, against a team that not so long ago beat Madrid, and we know all about the difficulties we\u2019ll face \u2026 The most important thing is that we\u2019ve got nine points \u2026 It\u2019s still early, and there are a lot of points left to play for and the gap is still small. The time will come when we\u2019ll be able to think ahead, but it\u2019s not this time\u201D.

Barcelona\u2019s massive demonstration

Tito Vilanova also spoke about the independence march on the National Day of Catalonia and the repercussions it\u2019s having. \u201CIt was a peaceful demonstration, in which one and a half million took part. If so many people take to the streets it\u2019s because they\u2019re not happy about something. We\u2019re in a democracy and we have the right to express ourselves. Everyone is free to express their feelings and they should be respected\u201D.

But does he expect a hostile reception in Getafe because of the current political climate and especially following the comments made by Guardiola on the matter? Said Vilanova \u201CI don\u2019t think the atmosphere will be any more unfavourable than on other occasions. Guardiola, Vicente del Bosque... Let people be free to say what they like\u201D.


  • Tito Vilanova at this Firday's press conference (by FC Barcelona)

  • Tito Vilanova at this Firday's press conference (by FC Barcelona)