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Jordi Alba i Xavi a Valladolid / FOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

Tito Vilanova, who was released from hospital hours before the match against Valladolid, was on everyone’s mind at the José Zorilla. Before the match, the players trotted out with t-shirts that read “Ánimo Tito,” and once the game was over the team dedicated the victory to their manager. “We want to dedicate the win to Tito. He’s not going through the best of times but now he’s home, and that’s great news. The operation went well and we worked hard to be able to dedicate this victory to him.”

Continue on form

The team wanted to win for Tito, but they also wanted to close the year on a winning note. Xavi declared that the result “consolidates our spot at the top of the table.” He added: “We’re on a brutal run and we want to continue on this path. We're physically strong and when we return from the break we want to continue on form.”

Alves:

“We had chances to close out the match but in the end we didn’t do it.”

“Once again we stepped up to the challenge. We want to dedicate this victory to our manager. The most important think you can do is fight for life.”

“It doesn’t matter who plays, the level of quality is always the same.”

“Hopefully we’ll be on the same form next year.”

Tello:

“It was a special match because we’re coming off of a difficult week. We want to dedicate this victory to Tito.”


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