After Thursday’s game against Real Madrid, Tito Vilanova shared his views on the match with the press. Diari El Punt summed up his statements. The original article can be found here.
Tito was adamant in saying that he saw a good game and that the feeling in general was positive: “It was very warm, but we managed it and showed a good level both in fitness and football. It’s inevitable to suffer some counter attacks, especially playing against Madrid, but we dominated the game, we had the ball most of the time, we had most of the scoring chances and we even could have scored the 4th goal that would have probably decided the Cup; instead, we received a goal, but all in all I am satisfied with the game we played.”
About the mistakes that allowed the two goals by Madrid, Tito reckoned that the team struggled with Madrid’s plays, since they are “taller than us“, and about their second goal, Tito said that “Valdés is known for his job in helping us start the game from his position. So things like this can happen, we won’t make a whole thing out of it. Against a rival like them, a two-leg outcome is never decided in the first game.”
The press also asked Tito, of course, about Mourinho’s words after the game, after Madrid’s coach once again hinted that the referees had helped Barça on the blaugrana’s first goal (Pedro’s goal). Tito was, once more, laconic: “I am not surprised by his words. But I think the referee had a good game and didn’t make an impact on the result.”
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