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Tito Vilanova: “We need to recover from the effort we put in against Deportivo”

The FC Barcelona Manager considers that this Tuesday's match against Celtic at the Camp Nou is “very important” for Barça’s hopes of reaching the Champions League knock-out rounds. Vilanova knows that the match this Tuesday won’t be easy, and his main goal is making sure his players recover from the effort they put in against Deportivo on Saturday.

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22 October 2012 09:57 PM

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Anna Segura

Barcelona (FCB).- Tito Vilanova was the first FC Barcelona representative to talk to the press this afternoon at the Camp Nou. The manager is preparing his men for tomorrow\u2019s Champions League match against Celtic FC after this weekend\u2019s Spanish League match against Deportivo de la Coruña. \u201CMy goal is to make sure my players recover from the effort they put in this weekend,\u201D he explained. A victory over the Scottish side would bring qualification to the next round all the more closer for the Catalans. \u201CChampions League matches at home are very important. It will be easier to qualify for the next round if we win tomorrow.\u201D


When asked about tomorrow\u2019s rival, Vilanova expects a Celtic side \u201Cthat will close themselves off at the back and look to counter, we know how dangerous they are.\u201D The Manager also noted that Celtic managed to draw with Benfica and defeat Spartak.

Barça\u2019s long injury list

Sergio Busquets, who is suspended for tomorrow\u2019s match, joins Barça\u2019s long list of unavailable players. An upbeat Vilanova accepts the circumstances and he said that \u201Cthis is what we have and we\u2019ll go forward with it.\u201D He also revealed that Piqué, Puyol and Alves will not feature against Celtic on Tuesday and that they doubtful for this weekend\u2019s match against Rayo.

Vilanova also said that he doesn\u2019t believe the number of goals allowed by his team is due to the absence of his starting defenders: \u201CInjuries don\u2019t justify everything. In the end all they are all Barça players and they are all capable of playing well.\u201D After analyzing this weekend\u2019s match against Deportivo, the Manager believes that the goals Barça conceded were \u201Ccircumstances of the game.\u201D Vilanova also defended his keeper, Víctor Valdés: \u201CI don\u2019t think he couldn\u2019t have done much in those plays. His quality is beyond doubt.\u201D Vilanova also reminded the journalists that Barça are the team that have scored the most goals this season (33) and \u201Cone thing compensates for the other.\u201D However, if given the choice, he would \u201Cprefer to win by the largest goal margin without conceding any.\u201D

Messi\u2019s Ballon d\u2019Or candidacy

Leo Messi was one of the standout players at Riazor this weekend with another hat-trick. With the Ballon d\u2019Or voting around the corner, Vilanova doesn\u2019t believe that the Argentinean\u2019s performance this weekend increased his chances of winning the award. \u201CHe doesn\u2019t deserve it for what he did the other day, but he deserves it for what he\u2019s done all year long.\u201D The manager explained that he won\u2019t campaign for Messi, but he noted that \u201Cno one can do what Messi does.\u201D

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  • Barça's Manager, Tito Vilanova, at the press conference before the Champions League game against Celtic (by FC Barcelona)

  • Barça's Manager, Tito Vilanova, at the press conference before the Champions League game against Celtic (by FC Barcelona)