Tito Vilanova & Gerard Pique

Francesc Tito Vilanova i Bayó (17 September 1968 – 25 April 2014) was a Catalan manager and footballer who played as a central midfielder. Gerard Piqué i Bernabeu (born 2 February 1987) is a Spanish footballer, currently playing as a central defender for FC Barcelona. 5.0/5

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Are Barcelona moving away from Tiki Taka? The Catalans have adopted a more direct approach at times this term, particularly on the road, but are they really ditching the style that made them great under Pep Guardiola? "We don't play Tiki Taka," Pep Guardiola growled. "I don't like that expression - it seems as if we are discrediting our opponents." That was back in 2010-11, at the height of Barcelona's brilliance under the Catalan coach. But call it what you will, back then the Blaugrana boasted a clear playing philosophy admired and recognised throughout the world. Gerard Pique looked back in an interview with European Sports Media this week. "With Pep, we had an identity," he recalled. "We played the same way in Granada, in Malaga, on pitches full of puddles... the team really believed in Pep." One of the most frank footballers at Camp Nou, Pique is not afraid to speak his mind. The defender got himself into trouble last season with former Barca boss Tito Vilanova after the Blaugrana were humbled by Bay ...
Barcelona set sights on Arsenal Centre-Back. Barcelona have reportedly set their sights on Arsenal centre-back Laurent Koscielny according to a number of reports including one from Spanish source Sport.es. Barcelona are understandably keen to strengthen their defence as Tito Vilanova, though blessed with a myriad of attacking options, doesn’t have all that many experienced and capable centre-backs in his armoury, indeed he basically has Gerard Pique and veteran Carles Puyol. This has left the La Liga side frequently having to use Javier Mascherano as a back-up option. Given the history of Arsenal players moving to join the Catalan side; Thierry Henry, Alexander Hleb, Cesc Fabregas and Alex Song to name four, Gunners fans may well fear interest from Barcelona in arguably their most effective defender. Koscielny and Per Mertesacker are Arsene Wenger’s central defensive pairing of choice and the duo worked excellently in the final two months of last term, form that helped the North London side to secure ...
Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova confirmed after his side's 7-0 aggregate Champions League semi-final loss to Bayern Munich that star forward Lionel Messi was not injured but did not feature in the second leg for fear of picking up a knock. Newly crowned Bundesliga champions Bayern prevailed 3-0 at the Nou Camp this evening to seal an emphatic 7-0 aggregate triumph over the Catalan club and set up an all-German Wembley final against Borussia Dortmund on May 25. Leading 4-0 from the first leg, the Bavarians were similarly clinical in Catalunya with second-half goals from Arjen Robben, Gerard Pique - who put through his own net - and Thomas Muller sealing a one-sided win over a sorry Barca side for whom Messi was an unused substitute. Messi felt good against Athletic Bilbao (on Saturday), but in the final minutes of the game at San Mames he noticed a strange feeling,' Vilanova said of the four-time reigning world player of the year. 'He's not injured, but he felt he could pick up an injury. 'Yesterday he train ...
Strikes from Arjen Robben, Thomas Muller and an own goal from Gerard Pique gave Bayern Munich a resounding 3-0 win over Barcelona.
My Honourable Friend Yakin Nasser and a Strong Barca Fan from Bukavu has said it all.. on My WALL POST.. Barca VS AC Milian.. Tuesday next tomorrow is the Judgment despite the Brilliant 2-0 Victory over Deportivo Yesterday Night.I am confident Barca will go through.. According to Gerard Pique, Barca Amazing Center Back, He says, Barca will Beat AC Milan 3-0 for Tito Vilanova... What do you think Hons?
BARCELONA TO FACE Real Madrid IN THE SEMI FINALS OF COPA DEL REY barcelona achieved an intriguing 2-4 win (4-6 in aggregate) against Malaga at La Rosaleda in the return leg of the Copa del Rey quarterfinals. Pedro Rodriguez, Gerard Pique, Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi scored the goals for the Blaugrana, who attempted 15 shots, nine of them on target and one that hit the post. Despite having the better chances and a higher possession percentage (70%), the Catalans never really looked fully comfortable due to the high pressure Malaga applied across the whole pitch, working as a unit when dispossessed. Barcelona did score early, but it was disappointing to see the team dropping the momentary advantage once again, proving how vulnerable the defence can be when players are not fully committed to closing spaces as tightly and quickly as possible. Despite that fact, the Blaugrana players fought tirelessly to achieve a valuable win which keeps the Catalans’ hope of retaining the title alive. The players were ...
Tito Vilanova frustrated by Gerard Pique sending off in Real Sociedad defeat ...
Tito Vilanova: 'I warned Gerard Pique at half time'
Real Sociedad come from behind to beat Barcelona Madrid, January 20 Spanish leaders Barcelona suffered their first Spanish La Liga defeat on Saturday when they surprisingly surrendered a 2-0 lead to go down 3-2 to Real Sociedad. Super-sub Imanol Agirretxe scored an injury-time winner for Sociedad. The shock defeat left Barca 11 points above second-placed Atletico Madrid, who will play Levante on Sunday. Atletico are seven points above third-placed Real Madrid, who visit Valencia on Sunday. Barca coach Tito Vilanova said: “I have to congratulate Real Sociedad. I have nothing to reproach my players for. I never thought this game was going to be easy, not even when it was 2-0 to us. We had to lose one day. This is football, but this does not worry me.” Striker Pedro, who scored Barca’s second goal, complained about their side’s defender Gerard Pique being sent off, saying “it was not fair at all.” Sociedad boss Philippe Montanier said: “I am very proud of my team. We knew we were going to suff ...
Vilanova frustrated by Pique dismissal: Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova was left frustrated by Gerard Pique's red ...
Real Sociedad 3 Barcelona 2  DEFEATED ... Lionel Messi's Barcelona were humbled by Real Sociedad Published: 47 minutes ago Lionel Messi scored but could not prevent 10-man Barcelona slipping to their first La Liga defeat of the season. First-half goals from Messi and Pedro put the visitors in firm conrol against their mid-table opponents. But Real Sociedad winger Gonzalo Castro netted either side of defender Gerard Pique being given his marching orders as Barca blow their advantage. And Tito Vilanova’s men were left without even a point for their troubles when Imanol Agirretxe poked home from close range in injury time.  LAST-GASP HERO ... Imanol Agirretxe celebrates after netting the winner Before this game, Barcelona had accumulated a record-breaking 55 points from a possible 57, with the two dropped points coming in a draw against Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid. Even in defeat, Ballon d’Or winner Messi closed in on yet another goalscoring milestone. The diminutive Argie hitman has now found th ...
Barcelona plot ambitious move to sigh dortmund trio Spanish source Sport.es claim that Barcelona are eyeing up three of Borussia Dortmund’s top talents as Nou Camp boss Tito Vilanova looks to strengthen his squad. The La Liga giants are keen on improving their defensive options, which are surprisingly threadbare and have left Argentine Javier Mascherano often having to fill in as a makeshift centre-back due to the lack of options available. This issue is all the more pronounced given that Gerard Pique has had injury issues and veteran Carles Puyol at 34 is clearly in the latter stages of his Barcelona career. Vilanova has offered youngster Marc Bartra more of a chance to prove himself but Barcelona have still struggled defensively this term. Despite sitting top of the table the Catalan side have only the sixth best defence in terms of goals conceded and have managed just four clean sheets in 14 league matches this season. With that in mind Barcelona’s interest in Dortmund centre-back pairing Neven Sub ...
Barcelona captain Carles Puyol makes his return from injury this evening as the Catalan side face Real Zaragoza at Camp Nou in the Spanish Primera Division. The Spain international has been out of action since suffering a dislocated shoulder against Benfica in the Champions League, but returns to the starting XI tonight and will partner Gerard Pique in central defence. There is another slightly surprising selection by Barca coach Tito Vilanova as Martin Montoya starts at right-back in favour of Dani Alves, with the Brazilian having to settle for a place on the bench. The integral midfield trio of the hosts features Xavi, Alex Song and Andres Iniesta. David Villa is rewarded for his current form by earning a start this evening. The former Valencia man has been in excellent form in the last few games and netted for Spain against Panama during the week. He will start on the left-hand side with Pedro and Lionel Messi making up the attacking frontline. Zaragoza start the match without Portuguese striker Helder ...
After Messi's double against mallorca . Tito Vilanova: "Leo continually breaks records. His goal tally is spectacular. It takes other great players seven or eight seasons to score the amount of goals he scores in one season. Also, some of his goals are absolute beauties." . Sergio Busquets: "If there is a player capable of doing everything, beating all the goalscoring records, it is Leo." . Gerard Pique: "Messi? His second goal was a stunner and he gaves us a lot of life. That is why we have him." .
TEAM NEWS: Villa and Tello partner Messi upfront as Barcelona head to Mallorca The Spain international and Masia graduate start in attack for the Blaugrana, as the club look to put their disappointing midweek Champions League defeat to Celtic behind them By Charlie Scott Nov 11, 2012 4:10:00 PM Tito Vilanova makes five changes to the side that lost during the week for Barcelona's trip to Mallorca, with David Villa and Cristian Tello chosen to play with Lionel Messi in a front three for the Catalan giants. Villa and Tello replace Pedro and Alexis Sanchez, while Gerard Pique and Sergio Busquets also return to Barcelona's starting XI as Marc Bartra and Alex Song are dropped to the bench. Pique makes his first start in eight weeks after being injured during the club's Champions League match against Spartak Moscow in September. Cesc Fabregas is included in a midfield three alongside Xavi and Busquets, as Andres Iniesta is named as a substitute for tonight's game. Joaquin Caparros makes one change from his side ...
Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova says he is not sure if Gerard Pique will start during their Champions League clash against Celtic.
It seems strange to be talking about Lionel Messi’s legacy as the Barcelona maestro is only 25, but on Friday his girlfriend Antonella Roccuzzo gave birth to a boy whom they named Thiago. When Messi hangs up his boots and defences finally get some respite from his wizardry, it might not be too long before another Messi is breathing down their necks. The Argentina playmaker missed training to be with Antonella for the birth but Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova confirmed he was still in contention for selection for the match against Celta Vigo on Saturday. ‘In principle he’ll be available for the match,’ explained Vilanova. ‘It won’t change anything that he hasn’t trained for one day, it’s not significant.’ On Saturday Messi scored his 300th career goal, which came as the second of his brace against Rayo Vallecano. Meanwhile Gerard Pique is close to a return after missing over a month with a foot injury, though he will not make Saturday’s clash. ‘He has been training more intensely for so ...
Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova has revealed that he is concerned about his defence ahead of tomorrow night’s clash with Celtic. The Catalan giants host the Scottish champions at the Nou Camp in their third Champions League fixture of the season and he is well aware that injuries to the likes of Carles Puyol, Gerard Pique, Daniel Alves, Sergio Busquets and Eric Abidal has his defence in a very shaky state. "Injuries are normally a headache for a coach but we have got what we have got. And all the players are at the right level to play for Barcelona," said Vilanova whose side conceded four goals in their 5-4 win over Deportivo on the weekend. "We would like to improve on everything and score more and concede less and we will try to do that. "But all Champions League games are complicated and I am worried because Celtic are very fast up front and they proved it against Spartak (when they won 3-2 three weeks ago). "They play good, counter-attacking football so we know they are dangerous. They are also good ...
After a day off on Thursday, FC Barcelona’s first team returned for a training session this Friday morning. Tito Vilanova has 19 members of the first team available -everyone except for Abidal, Cuenca, Muniesa, Piqué, Thiago, and Puyol- and along with Tello and Sergi Roberto, from Barça B, the team continues to prepare for the Clàssic this Sunday at the Camp Nou (19:50). Gerard Piqué spent today’s session doing specific work in the gym. While there was some talk that Piqué would be recovered by Sunday, his absence has already been confirmed, along with that of Abidal, Muniesa, and Puyol. The squad will hold its next training session on Friday, at 18:00 at the Ciutat Esportiva. Afterwards, Tito Vilanova will hold a press conference.
Liga preview: El Clasico dominates Spanish top flight ! Alex Song and Javier Mascherano are set to play in central defence for Barcelona against Real Madrid due to Carlos Puyol's dislocated elbow. Puyol dislocated his elbow when he landed awkwardly after going for a header in Barcelona's 2-0 Champions League win over Benfica on Tuesday and the Catalan club's head coach Tito Vilanova is likely to play Song and Mascherano in Sunday's El Clasico versus Real Madrid. Song and Mascherano are both more known as defensive midfielders but with regular central defenders Puyol and Gerard Pique injured and Eric Abidal still recovering from a liver transplant, Vilanova believes he has no other option.IRE O.
Sevilla v Barcelona Tito Vilanova's Barcelona will be aiming to equal their best ever start to a domestic campaign when they travel to Sevilla on Saturday night. The table-topping Blaugrana have picked up maximum points from their opening five league fixtures, but expect a stern test from the hosts who are unbeaten in La Liga. Sevilla coach Michel Gonzalez is boosted by the returns of Diego Perotti and Jose Antonio Reyes, who made a return to action in a charity match on Tuesday after recovering from calf and shoulder injuries respectively. However, the duo are unlikely to start and could well be handed a place on the substitutes bench. Barcelona will have to make do without the services of defensive duo Gerard Pique (ankle) and Carles Puyol (knee) for this crunch clash. However, Vilanova will be able to call on the services of midfielder Andres Iniesta, who returned to training recently after shrugging off a hamstring problem. Due to the continued absence of Pique and Puyol, the Barca coach is expected t ...
Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova has a defensive headache when the leaders host Granada on Saturday, with Spain centre backs Carles Puyol (knee) and Gerard Pique (foot) both sidelined by injury. Vilanova may deploy midfielders Sergio Busquets or Alex Song as makeshift central defenders to partner Javie...
Barcelona’s Tito Vilanova says Alex Song and Sergio Busquets are capable of replacing the injured Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique.
Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova insists he is not worried that centre-back Gerard Pique could miss next month's La Liga clash with Real Madrid through injury as he has youth-team defenders who can fill in.
It started with a win. Tito Vilanova's team kicked off their Champions League with victory at home to Spartak Moscow on Wednesday, coming from behind to win 3-2, just as Real Madrid had done 24 hours earlier against Manchester City. As usual, Barcelona's midield was majestic, and their attack astonishing. But it was hard to make a case for the defence. Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique are two of the world's best centre-backs, but when they are missing, it shows. The Barca captain is sidelined with a knee injury and unlikely to return for over a month, so when Pique departed with a knock in this game, it left the Catalans with a back line made up of Dani Alves, Alex Song, Javier Mascherano and Adriano. No wonder Victor Valdes looks nervous. Alves spends most of his time in the opposition half as an unorthodox winger and handed Spartak an equaliser as he inexplicably turned the ball past Valdes, while Mascherano's lack of pace had allowed Emmanuel Emenike to escape down the right in the first place. Song, to h ...
Barcelona confirm Gerard Pique out for up to three weeks. So no Pique or Puyol for Tito Vilanova. El Clasico in 18 days. Tight for Pique.
Ronaldo makes light work of Montoya, not for the first time tonight, but Mascherano does well to hack his driven cross out of play. Madrid look like they can score every time they come forward. 57′ - Having said all that, I should stress: one goal fromBarcelona and Tito Vilanova's side will win the cup. For all the Madrid dominance, this game hangson the edge of a knife. 55′ - Barcelona have the ball, but they are doing all the running. Madrid are keeping their shape very well, and are simply letting their opponents run out of steam. Marcelo gets tired ofwatching Iniesta, and steps in to make a simple tackle. 54′ - Higuain makes a dangerous run to the byeline, but carries the ball just over the line before he pulls over the cross. Bit of a let-off for Barcelona, as Madrid had men over. 53′ - Iniesta clips the heelsof Khedira, and Real Madridwin another cheap free-kick.How many of those have they had tonight? Must be nearly 20. 52′ - Mascherano attempts a spectacular 50-yard ball to Alba, but mis ...
Song happy at Arsenal August 13, 2012 Alex Song has confirmed he is aware of interest from Barcelona but insists he is happy at Arsenal. Alex Song is apparently keen to discuss a new deal with Arsenal Barca have made little secret of their desire to sign Song, with players Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta and Gerard Pique all having spoken publicly of their desire to see the midfielder at the Camp Nou. However, Song, who is under contract at Emirates Stadium until 2014, is happy with the Gunners and is reported to be keen to discuss an extension. "I am not going to lie if I said there is no interest but I am at Arsenal and I am happy at Arsenal," he told Sky Sports. "Barcelona are the best team in the world, and speculation will always continue until the window closes." Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger confirmed Song is not for sale, declaring reports in Spain to be wide of the mark. "There's nothing going on with Song," said Wenger. "There's nothing in that. Song has three years contract he's not in the same si ...
Arsenal Football Club News wrote: Transfer Diary - 10.08.2012 ●Alex Song: Spanish Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has said that Alex Song is welcomed to the Catalan side. According to his opinion, the Cameroonian midfielder will fit perfectly to Barcelona's playing style and his eventual arrival will be good for Sergio Busquets, who will has rivalry if Song goes to Tito Vilanova's side. ●Robin van Persie: Wayne ...
Barcelona Look to Conduct Triple Chelsea Raid According to Mundo Deportivo Barcelona boss Tito Vilanova has earmarked moves for Chelsea defenders David Luiz and Branislav Ivanovic as he looks to beef up his defensive options this summer. The Nou Camp side have had to play players out of position over the past couple of seasons as the likes of Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique have struggled with injuries and with Eric Abidal not certain to make a comeback following a liver transplant it seems sensible for Vilanova to plan for a defensive signing or two. Other targets named by this source include Matts Hummels and Thiago Silva but moves to bring either of the Blues pair could prove easier to secure. Roman Abramovich will surely fight off advances for any of his top performers as the Chelsea owner looks to continue to flex his financial muscles having already snapped up Marko Marin and Eden Hazard for a combined fee in the region of £38m. Chelsea brought in Gary Cahill to help beef up their central defensive o ...
"Tito Vilanova likes to work, he does not care for the spotlight" Gerard Pique
Tito Vilanova Replaces Pep Guardiola As barcelona coach Barcelona paid an emotional tribute to departing Pep Guardiola after the Spaniard confirmed he will leave the club at the end of the season. Key stars of the first team, including club captain Carles Puyol, Gerard Pique and Cesc Fabregas watched Guardiola deliver his farewell speech at the Nou Camp, applauding him after announcing an end to his glorious trophy-laden four-year era Barcelona also revealed that Guardiola's No 2 Tito Vilanova will take over the managerial reigns next season. 'I would like you to understand that this is not an easy decision for me. But I would like to explain my reasons for this decision,' said Guardiola. 'I have always wanted short-term contracts. Four years is an eternity as Barca coach. In the month of October I announced to the president and to the sporting director that I thought my spell was coming to an end.The main reason why I have taken this decision is because four years is many years. 'I have given everything ...
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