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19.03.2010 15:06

"Arsenal play entertaining and attacking football"


Tito Vilanova is relishing the prospect of FC Barcelona’s Champions League quarter final tie with Arsenal after seeing the draw and believes that the two clubs’ football philosophy is similar.

The Blaugrana assistant boss told Barça TV and the official website that the Gunners played “entertaining and attacking football” like the Catalan side.

Keeping the ball

Like Barça the English outfit also enjoy having the ball and maintain possession in order to impose their rhythm on games. “That is where the game will be played,” he said, referring to the battle for the ball.

Staying focussed

Vilanova evaluated the Arsenal squad and noted that many of the players are “young and fearless”. On Cesc Fàbregas the Barça coach explained that while the Catalan was outstanding he feels that “Arsenal would not be where they are without many other players”. He added: “Arsenal is a team against whom you cannot lose concentration because they can score goals at will.”

Home advantage

Despite Barça being drawn at home in the second leg of the quarter finals and the semi finals, should they qualify, Vilanova was not celebrating. “That does not guarantee anything,” he said.
“Arsenal play entertaining and attacking football“

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Cesc move
Tito Vilanova coached Cesc Fàbregas when the midfielder was still with Barça and knows that speculation is rife that he could be the subject of much speculation about a return to the club. “Especially now that the elections are on the horizon,” he stated. “It shows a lack of respect though to talk about a current Arsenal player as being a signing for the future.”

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