Tito Vilanova led his team to victory in his first La Liga match of the season. On the game against Real Sociedad the manager said: “it’s important to start off on the right foot. There are a lot of positive things to be learned from tonight’s match. We played 90 minutes with a lot of intensity. In the first 15 minutes we were strong and we reacted well to their equaliser. Furthermore, Villa returned and he scored a goal.” On the forward, the manager said that the goal “gives the player a lot of morale.”

“The Spanish Super Cup is not a minor competition”

After the Joan Gamper Trophy, Barça will focus completely on the away leg of the Spanish Super Cup against Real Madrid. Vilanova said that the team isn’t taking the match lightly: “I don’t think it’s a minor competition. It’s a good tournament that we want to win. Maybe compared to other tournaments it’s not given as much importance but in this house every match is important. It’s an official match and it’s against Real Madrid.”

Vilanova also took the opportunity to say that he didn’t reserve any of his players tonight for the match against Madrid on Thursday. “I based the starting line-up on the matches that we’ve played so far, on the journeys the players made with their national teams and the time the players spent training with the Club.”

Song can play in multiple positions  

The manager talked about Alex Song after news broke that FC Barcelona and Arsenal FC had agreed to terms for the player: “he’s a footballer that gives us a bit of height. He’ll surprise us with his skill, he’s a great player.” He also added that Song can play in different positions and, most importantly, play the pivot role because “Busquets can’t play all of the games.” Vilanova also indents to use the new player as a center back.