Vilanova, durant el partit / FOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB

Tito Vilanova’s first words in the post-match press conference were for Real Sociedad, the first team to defeat FC Barcelona in La Liga this season. “We have to congratulate them. Their victory was achieved more because of their effort than because of our mistakes,” he said. According to the manager, the team could have killed the game off if they had scored a third goal in the first half: “I cannot reproach my players. In the first half we controlled the game and we hit the woodwork twice and another chance was saved by Bravo. We played against a team that had only allowed six goals at home.”

“There’s a lot of Liga left”

The manager believes that the Liga title is still up for grabs despite his team’s advantage at the top of the table: “There’s a lot of Liga left, a lot of games and a lot of very difficult rivals that we have to play against.” With tonight’s defeat at the Anoeta, Atlético Madrid could come within 8 points and Real Madrid could come within 15 if both teams win on Sunday.

On Piqué’s red card, Vilanova was clear, “there are 200 fouls like that in a game,” he said in reference to the foul that cost Piqué his second yellow. He added: “even with the 0-2 I didn’t think it was going to be an easy match. Real played with much more intensity than they did last year.”