Tito Vilanova was positive after the game and with one eye on Wednesday’s game he explained: “I prefer a tough pre-season, so that we quickly get up to the level we need to be at”.
The boss explained: “what we wanted from this game was that the players get get back up to match fitness and I gave them time on the pitch according to how much time they’d got in in training. Messi played the whole game because he felt good – our aim had been to give him as long as possible and he felt good and wanted to finish the game”.
Carles Puyol was also back after his injury and Tito commented: “he looked good and was up to the pace”. Finally he explained how significant it was for the Club to have Abidal present in Paris: “it was very important for us. It’s great for the players to see he is improving. It really comforted us”.
Puyol getting up to match fitness
Puyol himself spoke after the game and revealed: “I’ve been two weeks training with the squad and I’m getting better every day. I’m trying to improve my fitness each day to avoid the problems in my knee coming back. There are always a few little niggles after an operation, but I have been feeling better since the op. I have the experience of the operation on the other knee and I am happy with how things are coming along this time around. I’ve been training hard and I am ready to play – these games are good to get you up to match fitness”.