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Tito Vilanova / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

Tito Vilanova talked about FC Barcelona’s deal with Santos for the striker Neymar, who will join the Blaugrana for the next five seasons. The manager thanked “the Club and the technical secretariat for seeing in advance that this player would be great. When Barça took an interest in him it’s quite possible that other clubs hadn’t and that helped us [in the negotiations for the player] otherwise we wouldn’t have been able to compete because there were important offers on the table.” Vilanova went on to “congratulate the player for selecting an athletic project and not a economic one.”
“Neymar will bring things to the team but we also need to evaluate what we have here, these players are the ones that have made us good and strong team"
On Neymar, Vilanova went on to say that “he’ll bring things to the team but we also need to evaluate what we have here, these players are the ones that have made us good and strong team. We’ll see how he adapts to Europe, but we’re confident that it will go well for him. We’re here to help him so that he can make us an even bigger club.” The manager also explained that Neymar “was a priority. We were looking to reinforce our attack and we’d been getting reports on him for two and a half years.” He added, jokingly, that “the manager can be bad as long as we have a lot of good players.”

100 points in La Liga

With this evening’s victory over Espanyol, Barça are just one win away from finishing La Liga with a haul of 100 points. There are three points still in play and the last game of the season at the Camp Nou this Saturday could see the Blaugrana equal Real Madrid’s record of 100 points. Vilanova, who said a couple of weeks ago that achieving this feat was more of a motivation that an objective, said, “it’s not a title but we have a chance to do it, and it would be stupid if we didn’t try.”

Vilanova added: “we’re coming into the end of the season on form. Seeing what we’ve done, and how we’ve done it, says a lot about the team and how eager the players are. We would have gone to another level if we would have progressed past the semi-finals of the Champions League.” The manager concluded his press conference by congratulating Bayern Munich for their Champions League crown. “They are the just winners.”


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