The Azulgrana manager is pleased with his team's La Liga start and he's confident that the team "will improve over the course of the year"
Zubizarreta: "We worked hard"
The Club’s football director praised the Barça players for the effort they put in to win the three points against Valencia. Barça, who sit at the top of the table, have won nine out of nine points. Zubizarreta believes that the team “were lacking the final pass in the last stretch,” especially in the second half. However, Zubizarreta said that the team were “able to maintain intensity throughout the entire match” against a rival “that are very good on defence.”
After qualifying Adriano’s goal as a “golazo,” Zubizarreta talked about Andrés Iniesta’s UEFA Best Player Award: “the three players - Iniesta, Messi and Ronaldo - that were in Monaco are fantastic players. Everyone that likes football, likes Andrés. He has magic and marvelous football. We’re very lucky to have him.”
Before this Sunday’s match against Valencia at the Camp Nou, Tito Vilanova, who watched the game from the stands, outlined his team’s goal of winning all nine points before the international break. The team didn’t let him down, and thanks to a goal from Adriano, Barça remain 100% in La Liga. The Azulgrana manager praised his players for achieving such a feat, especially having played “against Osasuna at the always complicated El Sadar” or Valencia.
“Our quality will improve”
Vilanova noted that “winning nine out on nine points is very important,” but said that his players have yet to reach their full potential. “We have to get better but our level of play will improve” with time, he said. Even though it’s still early to come to any conclusions on the team’s overall quality, Vilanova said that “we’ve had some very good moments” of football.
On the match against Valencia, the Azulgrana manager highlighted the importance of “finishing the game without conceding a goal.” Vilanova considers that Barça “controlled the match,” especially in the first half but “the fatigue of the match at the Bernabéu” made itself evident in the second.
Vilanova praised Alex Song after the player made his official debut in FC Barcelona’s starting team: “he did a great job. He’s only had a few days of training with us. He picks things up quickly. He’s intelligent player, he’s talented on the ball, and he associates well with his team-mates on the pitch. He passed his first test at the Camp Nou with flying colours.”
The manager also talked about Cesc’s performance. Vilanova believes that the midfielder “in general, had a great match,” even though he didn’t put away two clear chances that “he normally would.” On Pedro, the manager said: “he’s had a great start to the season. He’s a player that always has chances to score, beyond everything that he brings to the team. He works a lot of defence and he wins back a lot of balls.”