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"What Pep says has to be respected; this is a democracy"
Barça coach Tito Vilanova spoke to the press before tomorrow's game at Getafe.
Barcelona coach, Tito Vilanova, was asked, of course, about the effect on his club if Catalonia becomes independent and if they would continue in the Spanish league. "That is talking about the future. If it happens we'll talk about it. What we're talking about at the moment is a protest, where one and a half million people came out on the streets. It was peaceful and that needs to be remembered. This is a democracy. There must be something if the people are out protesting, if the people aren't happy".
The tactician added: "I don't think there will be a worse atmosphere in Getafe than there would have been because of the political questions. Getafe want to win, independent of this. We should let people express their views peacefully, as Guardiola did. He can say what he likes, because we are in a democracy".
Vilanova wanted to focus on the game against Getafe. "Our aim is to go game by game. We aren't thinking about Madrid. I'm only thinking about Getafe, and then the Champions. Thinking about anything else serves no purpose. Getafe will be tough for us, and they beat Madrid", he said. "This match itself is important. We've suffered at that ground recently. Against us they tend to sit back and we don't feel comfortable. I went back and re-watched the game from last year, and it was difficult", he added.
Regarding the five point advantage over Madrid the Barça coach commented: "What I'm interested in is what Barcelona do. What is important here is that we have nine points, not that Madrid have four. It's far too early. It's a small gap with so long to go. Later we'll be looking at them, but not now".
Asked about what he would do if one of his stars said publicly that he wasn't happy, in clear allusion to the Cristiano Ronaldo situation, Vilanova was reserved. "I haven't thought about it. When it happens I'll think about it", he said.
Players - one by one
Thiago: "I'm optimistic. He's been training well for a few days now, and if he's in the squad it's because he has a chance of playing".
Villa: "He's ready to play. I've already said that. Maybe more than 45 minutes, if possible. He'll be starting soon. Every day he looks better".
Alexis, who has been injured again: "We haven't thought about sending someone with Alexis to look after him when he plays with Chile. It wouldn't matter, he'd still end up injured. He's played a huge amount of games, and the time difference has an effect. We have to let the players go on international duty and that is how it should be... They injure themselves here too. But when three players get injured on international duty you have to change your plans. It's necessary to change your starting eleven, and your substitutes. The best way of dealing with the FIFA virus is winning..."
Tito revealed he spoke to Messi to see how he was physically. "He said he had recovered well after the Argentina game. I'll speak to him tomorrow morning and we'll take a decision on what we do. Let's see how he is".
He also had words for Cesc: "He's an outstanding player who would be in the starting line up at any club. The best players in the world are here, so sometimes players have to be substitutes. He's training well, and doing things right. I don't agree with people who say he's not been on form lately".
Puyol: "He's ready. He's been training well. He's got a face mask that he finds very comfy".
Deulofeu is also ready: "If his work rate is good he'll get time for the first team".
Finally the Barcelona coach gave his thoughts on the difficulties of playing away from home: "In Pamplona either team could have won. Getafe will be different, we know how difficult they are, we've been warned. Having watched the games I know how I want us to play. It's not the time to reveal it though. One possibility is that Messi plays further out towards the touchline, but he could also come back inside, into the centre. He knows how to read the game and he knows where to find space. Song? Well there is a chance he could play alongside Busquets".