Arsenal are coming on Tuesday, but Vilanova, Guardiola’s assistant, would prefer people to worry about Zaragoza. It’s an important game against a tricky opponent and “I’m more scared of games like these than the ones against the teams at the top".
With Pep Guardiola out due to a slipped disc, Tito Vilanova spoke to the press on the eve of the
league match with Zaragoza. He knows that a lot of people are thinking more about the European
fixture against Arsenal than Saturday’s match, but insists that that is a big mistake.
One benefit of a decent performance against Javier Aguirre’s side is that it would be
the ideal preparation for Tuesday’s encounter with Arsenal.
What will Zaragoza do?
On Zaragoza, Vilanova said “they are in the bottom half of the
table and have players missing, but that doesn’t mean it will be easy,” especially on
the back of a tough game in Valencia. “But winning in Valencia will be worthless if we lose
this game at home … I’m more scared of games like these than the ones against the teams
at the top of the table”.
No thoughts of Arsenal
Vilanova reiterated that “it’s inevitable that people will be thinking
about Arsenal, but we will all be convincing the players that it is more important for them to
think about Zaragoza”.
Valdés and Puyol
The major attraction at training today was Valdés, who has been declared fully fit.
Vilanova was not willing to reveal who’ll be playing in goal against the Aragonese outfit,
but said that Valdés “is able to play. He trained this morning and this evening, and felt
As for Carles Puyol, “the best thing would be for him to recover properly. There is one
more training session, so tomorrow we’ll see … we don’t want to force the