Relive FC Barcelona's 2012/13 season through the words of team manager, Tito Vilanova
Tito Vilanova is one of the heroes of the league campaign that led to Barça’s 22nd Liga title. Here’s an overview of how the season went in his own words, from his first press conference on July 25 2012 to his first public appearance after he returned from New York City on April 26 of this year.
"I lose in any comparisons. All of them. I wouldn’t win any and I’m aware of that but I haven’t come to compete with anyone. I have come to do my job”
"The biggest punishment is not whether they give us a one match, two match or five match ban. The biggest punishment we’ll both have is that these pictures will be there for years and years and people will be able to see them. That’s the thing. As for the suspension, after one or two games they’re forgotten”
"I hope to win everything. That’s what I hope. Before the competitions have started I think we’ve got a good enough team to win every game and I hope we have a good season and get as many points as we can. For the people to be happy with the way the team performs both on and off the pitch”
"On my sending off, it’s because I told the linesman that it was an obvious foul. I told him I wasn’t protesting, but it was an obvious foul, and that was apparently sufficient motive to send me off”
"With Mateu Lahoz there are moments when he modifies your game not the result. The players don’t know what’s a foul and what isn’t”
"Refereeing is very difficult and if we start analysing, we have to analyse everything, not just what interests us. We could make a video of Pepe with pictures of all his kicks. What would Pepe say?"
"We were winning before and luckily we’re still winning now, even though we’re leaving it to the end. Why? It’s the start of the season, we’ve had injuries that have meant some players have played too many games, more than they should. They said we were boring before but that doesn’t seem to be the case any more”
"That’s the football that the Barça fans want to see and we all know that for that kind of game we need smaller players. It would be easy to sign tall players and then we wouldn’t suffer so much from dead balls but we wouldn’t play such good football. I’m sorry, but I like to enjoy myself on the bench”
"At home, I was brought up in Catalan but I can speak Catalan and Spanish perfectly, so do my children. What we need to do is be open and the more languages we speak the better. I hope we’re not going to go back 30 years because it wasn’t easy to make up all that lost ground”
I feel that the club protects me and so I’d like to thank the staff and the players, because it was hard for them too. A lot of the staff are my friends and after spending every day with the players they have come to care for me. I think this group has had too many shocks and setbacks in recent years and it was not easy for them to react the way they did”
I honestly feel very well after going through such a process. If I didn’t come back earlier it’s because there were secondary problems like my voice and it wasn’t easy. Now I’m feeling much better, stronger. I was eager to get back here and be here in this pressroom”