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Tito Vilanova, durant el partit al camp del Mallorca / FOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

Two goals from Messi, one from Xavi and another from Tello allowed FC Barcelona to take the three points from the match against Mallorca. After going to the break with a three-goal advantage, the Blaugrana watched as the home team battled back to make it 2-3 early in the second half. On the second 45 minutes of the match, Tito Vilanova said that his players “were a bit cold when they came out onto the pitch,” and that Barça “are going through a moment where the smallest errors lead to conceding a goal.”

Along the same lines, Vilanova recognised that opposing teams “are scoring a lot of goals without too much effort ...  the smallest error leads to a goal.” Vilanova went on to say that “perhaps the match called for a Mallorca goal, but not two.”

New record for Messi

With his brace this Sunday against Mallorca, Messi has notched up 76 goals in 2012, one more than the mark set by Pelé in 1958. “Leo continually breaks records. His goal tally is spectacular. It takes other great players seven or eight seasons to score the amount of goals he scores in one season. Also, some of his goals are absolute beauties,” said the manager when asked about Barça’s number 10.

Finally, Vilanova praised Cristian Tello: “We know what he’s capable of. He played a great game. He hasn’t has a lot of minutes on the pitch lately. I believe that he’s improved a lot on defence, he’s becoming a more complete player on a daily basis.” The manager also talked about Piqué: “It’s good news that he was able to play the 90 minutes. It gives us a lot of tranquility, he brings a lot to the team.”

“We want to have the ball and always attack”

Tito Vilanova reiterated that Barça will continue to play with the style that’s defined the team’s play for the past five years. “We want to have the ball and always attack, but we don’t always play the same way,” said the manager, who added: “Within our Plan A, we have a plan B, C, and D ... we know how to win.”

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