Vilanova: “The B players go like rockets”
Guardiola and Tito Vilanova have been using several reserve team players in their first preseason training sessions. This is offering them a great chance to teach the youngsters how things operate in the first team.
Guardiola and Tito Vilanova are both huge fans of the youth structure. They grew up through it
themselves and so it is only natural for their coaching plans to consider the club’s home
produced talent. There are 19 players from Barça B involved in preseason training at the moment,
and that means a great chance to observe their progress.
The whole team
This year has not been a matter of just picking about eight reserve
players to make up the numbers. Tito Vilanova told Barça TV that the circumstances are different
this time: “Barça B could not start with just four or five players, and as we need to hold
proper training sessions, we called them all up”.
It is proving a useful project for the coaching staff. Vilanova says
“we already know them from training and from watching B team matches, but it is always good
to make direct contact and include them in the first team’s tactics, and that’s very
useful in case we ever need them during the week”.
The coaches have admired the motivation among the reserve players. “As you can
image, they are super-motivated. They have seen players like Pedro and Busquets make the grade, and
all of the reserve team players are hoping they will be the next, that’s only logical …
some of these B team players go like rockets”.