Tito Vilanova / FOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

After defeating Levante at the Ciutat de Valencia and equalling the best ever start in La Liga history, Tito Vilanova rubbished any talk of winning the league title: “La Liga is not over. We still have 75 points left to play for and Atlético Madrid are only three points behind us. We have a long way to go!”. He added: “I remind you that we had this advantage in our first year with the senior side and we had to win our match at the Santiago Bernabéu.”

The manager went on to praise Atlético Madrid: “They are very solid and strong this year, and they ended last season on form.” However, Vilanova only wants his men to focus on their next match: “Next weekend we have to beat Athletic Club Bilbao. We don’t care about what happens between Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid. We can’t do anything about that game.”

Proud of the eleven La Masia graduates

Eleven players formed at La Masia played together at the Ciutat de Valencia on Sunday evening: “It’s something that should make us happy, seven or eight of them are Catalan. We have to be proud.” Vilanova also said that fielding all eleven La Masia graduates wasn’t premeditated: “Alves was injured and Adriano had just recovered from injury. That’s why I decided to send Montoya in. My priority wasn’t putting eleven homegrown players out there.”

Lastly, on the match, the Blaugrana manager outlined why his team defeated Levante: “They are a team that are very quick on the counter and they have players that are very good in the air. The fact that we scored early in the second half gave us tranquility and it made them anxious.”