PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

Tito Vilanova became the first manager in Club history to lead Barça to nine wins in the opening ten games of La Liga. The Catalan played down the importance of breaking the long-standing Club record and placed more importance on the 28 points won so far this season. “Besides the record what’s important are the points that we’ve won,” said Vilanova. The manager went on to praise his players for the attitude they displayed in tonight’s match against Celta: “It’s not easy [to break these kinds of records] seeing that you have to beat teams like Celta. This record is a demonstration of the desire these players have to win.”

“Piqué could play against Celtic”

Adriano, who picked up an injury this evening and will miss the next three weeks of competitive play, is the latest defender to join the team’s long injury list. Vilanova admitted that the Brazilian’s injury “ is troubling.” However, the manager is hopeful that he’ll be able to use Gerard Piqué in the team’s next match. “We have a training session on Monday. We’ll see if there’s a possibility for Piqué and Puyol to join the team. It’s possible that Piqué will be fit for the match against Celtic.”

Messi and Villa

Vilanova also explained why he named Messi to the starting line-up even though the Argentinean didn’t train on Friday: “He was fit enough to play and he told me that he was eager.” The manager also played down the fact that Messi didn’t score this evening.

The manager concluded his press conference by congratulating David Villa. “He takes an additional step each day,” said Vilanova as he reminded the press that the forward has scored in Barca’s last three matches. “We’re very pleased that he’s making a good return to competitive play and that he’s as eager as ever after such a serious injury."

Zubizarreta: “This start to the season has been practically impeccable”

The director of football Andoni Zubizarreta played down Barça’s record-breaking start to La Liga: “The objective is not to have the best start but to get to the month of May and win the title.” However, he did note that the team has been “practically impeccable” in the first months of competitive play.

On the match, Zubizarreta went on to analyse Barça’s three-man defence: “It’s an addition option. It’s a strategy we’ve developed here at home. The manager is the one who decides these things.” He added: “This team has the capacity to play many different styles of football, even in the same match.”

On Villa, who scored one of Barça’s three goals, Zubizarreta said that “he never gave up and he’s showing us what he’s capable of.” He also congratulated Leo Messi for becoming a father and he said “everything that’s good for the person is good for the footballer.”