“The holidays went well. Now we have get back into our usual routine so we can prepare for the match against Espanyol, they will be a very difficult rival to beat. Besides the fact that they need the points, they’ve improved a lot with their new manager. Their dynamic has changed and they’ll want to put in a good performance in the derby,” said the Argentine.
Mascherano went on to talk about Tito Vilanova’s early return to training: “We couldn’t have imagined such a swift return from Tito, he looks really good.” The Argentine concluded that the manager’s return “is another success” for the team.”