Guardiola’s right-hand man
Tito Vilanova will continue as Pep Guardiola’s assistant. After winning promotion with the reserves, they will now be in charge of the first team.
The Guardiola-Vilanova tandem, which has worked so well this season with Barça B, is to be repeated
with the first team. Guardiola is the boss and has the last word, but Tito Vilanova, a great
student of football, also plays a key role and is the ideal partner for Guardiola. Both share a
passion for the sport and a constant search for excellence.
Thanks for his number two
Just a few hours after Barça B got back into the Second Division B and
during the celebratory dinner at the Camp Nou, Guardiola praised the work his players had done but
had a special word for Tito Vilanova: “Thanks, Tito, because last summer you turned down
offers to move up a division to be with me.” Guardiola well recalled that a year ago Vilanova
was director of football at Terrassa (Second Division B), and even though he had offers to coach in
that division he decided to stay with Barça B.
Key in signings
Vilanova’s experience in these divisions was key when it came to making the right
choices about new players. His extensive knowledge of the Second Divisions A and B and the Third
Division was crucial in suggesting signings of players who have been extremely successful with
Barça B. Guardiola could calmly accept the offer to coach Barça B in part because he would have an
experienced coach alongside him who was ready to help out with anything.
Vilanova admitted at the start of the season that Guardiola lacked
experience as he had yet to coach a side, but added that he was “already a coach when he was
a player.” Vilanova had no doubts about Guardiola’s knowledge and drive to succeed and
therefore didn’t think twice about coming back to the club: “I coached youth football
at Barça in 2002/03 and I worked with players like Piqué, Messi, Cesc and Vázquez, so I’m
really looking forward to it.”