Tito Vilanova during the match against Granada / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

After the victory over Granada by 2 goals to 0, Tito Vilanova noted, keeping in mind the effort put in this Wednesday in the Champions League against Spartak Moscow, that his team “took a while to get into the match.” The Azulgrana manager recognised that his players had to take risks to win the three points and keep the team’s perfect record in the Liga intact. “If we we lost, we would have lost one point. I wanted to win three.”

For Vilanova, who had warned that the match against Granada wasn’t going to be easy, the key to winning the game was “scoring the first goal.” He added that “we were coming off of a very difficult Champions League match, it wasn’t easy. The key was scoring first,” said the Barça manager.

“I want to continue winning”

FC Barcelona have a perfect record in the Liga after having won 15 out of 15 points: “It’s important that we’ve managed to win 15 out of 15. I don’t feel any kind of pressure nor do I feel like I’m under any obligations. I knew how difficult it was going to be to take charge of the team now. I want to continue winning things. With everything that we’ve won in the past, I don’t feel any extra pressure.”

Vilanova played down the exchange between Villa and Messi at the end of the first half: “This is part of football. I didn’t get the impression that they were arguing. It’s a sign that the players are eager and that they want to keep on winning.”

Song in the starting line-up

On naming Alex Song to the starting line-up, the Azulgrana manager said that “in the end the person that makes the decisions is me, and I do what I think is best for the team.” He added: “I already mentioned that he could play as a center back, he has experience in that position. In order for him to adapt he needs to play, have as many minutes as possible on the pitch.”

Finally, he said that he’s “thrilled” with Cesc Fàbregas’ performance, adding that “he only needs a little bit of luck in front of goal.” The manager also said that he’s only concerned with what Barça does: “It doesn’t make sense to think about things that don’t concern Barca.”

Zubizarreta highlights the team’s collective effort

“Everything is difficult, because every team has players that can be decisive,” said Andoni Zubizarreta after the match. The director of football is proud that the team “went out to win the game” until the last minutes and because “the players took risks.” Zubizarreta preferred not to single out any one player for praise because “it was a great collective effort,” and that “Xavi’s goal allowed us to breathe, while the second goal gave us peace of mind.”

Zubizarreta also praised both the teams' goalkeepers: “Toño was impressive, it seemed as though it was impossible to score on him. Víctor showed once again why he’s Barça’s goalkeeper.” Lastly, Zubizarreta talked about Alex Song’s performance in the center of Barça’s defence: “When we presented him as a new player we said that he could play in that position. I thought he looked pretty calm and convinced of his abilities.”

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