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Tito Vilanova: "We can never give up on a tie especially when we have 90 minutes to play at home"

The FC Barcelona Manager believes that his players need to go into tomorrow's match against Bayern Munich with cool heads: “we have to play a good game and be the better team, then the goals will come”. “We have to hold our heads high if we are eliminated, we cannot give up; we need to make our fans proud”, he said. “We have to be ourselves and try to play a good game of football. We need to score goals through our style of play”, Vilanova added. “If we are going to mount a comeback we need our fans at the Camp Nou”, he concluded.

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30 April 2013 09:21 PM

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Anna Segura

Barcelona (FCB).- \u201CWe believe we can fight back, it\u2019s our obligation and we\u2019re convinced [it\u2019s possible],\u201D said Tito Vilanova this afternoon ahead of tomorrow\u2019s Champions League clash with Bayern Munich. \u201CWe know that it will be very difficult, but we are Barça and we can never give up on a tie especially when we have 90 minutes of play at home.\u201D Vilanova is convinced that his men will leave everything on the pitch, even if, in the end, they cannot overturn the 4-0 from the away leg. \u201CWe have to hold our heads high if we are eliminated, we cannot give up; we need to make our fans proud.\u201D


It\u2019s about playing well

\u201CWe have to be ourselves and try to play a good game of football. We need to score goals through our style of play,\u201D explained Vilanova. He also declared that \u201Cit\u2019s not necessary to score goals in the first half ... Bayern only scored one in the first half in the away leg".

In addition, the Blaugrana manager admitted that Bayern played an excellent game last week, but the end result was too harsh. \u201CBayern played a great game but they had a series of favourable situations in their favour. We should have lost that match, but not by so much.\u201D

The power of the Camp Nou

The support from the Camp Nou faithful on Wednesday will be crucial if Barça are to get to the final in Wembley. \u201CIf we are going to mount a comeback we need our fans. Both Bayern and Borussia had extraordinary atmospheres last week and that carried the teams forward. We will do our part so that fans find it easier to do theirs.\u201D

\u201CMessi will have things to say\u201D

The manager confirmed that Mascherano won\u2019t play tomorrow: \u201Che picked up his injury four weeks ago and it takes six to recover, he won\u2019t play tomorrow.\u201D Messi, however, won\u2019t miss the match: \u201Cthe more in form he is the better our chances of getting to the final, but we can\u2019t heap this kind pressure on him, we have to try to help him. A player as good as Messi, at this point in the competition, will have things to say in tomorrow\u2019s match.\u201D

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  • Andrés Iniesta at this Tuesday's training session (by FC Barcelona)

  • Barça's Coach, Tito Vilanova, at today's press conference before the game with Bayern Munich (by FC Barcelona)

  • Andrés Iniesta at this Tuesday's training session (by FC Barcelona)
  • Barça's Coach, Tito Vilanova, at today's press conference before the game with Bayern Munich (by FC Barcelona)