Tito Vilanova & Javier Mascherano

Francesc Tito Vilanova i Bayó (17 September 1968 – 25 April 2014) was a Catalan manager and footballer who played as a central midfielder. Javier Alejandro Mascherano (born 8 June 1984) is an Argentine footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for FC Barcelona. 5.0/5

Tito Vilanova Javier Mascherano Lionel Messi Cesc Fabregas Champions League Alex Song Jordi Alba Cristian Tello Pep Guardiola Real Madrid La Liga Gerard Pique Carles Puyol Camp Nou Dani Alves Alexis Sanchez Andoni Zubizarreta Marc Bartra Victor Valdes David Villa

Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano says his team-mates will fight for the Liga title in the memory of former coach Tito Vilanova.
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 ...
Roura: We can overcome Milan Barcelona's stand-in coach Jordi Roura has said he feels his players are "looking forward to overcoming Milan" as they try to recover from a 2-0 deficit in the Champions League. The last week has seen much soul-searching in Catalonia after the setback in Italy was followed by two crushing defeats to Real Madrid in five days. The results left Barca players including Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernandez, Javier Mascherano, Jordi Alba and Cesc Fabregas talking of feeling low. Many observers have pointed to the importance of the absence of coach Tito Vilanova, who is receiving medical treatment in New York. But speaking after training on Friday, Roura, Vilanova's assistant, said his 30-year association with the club had shown him that both positives and negatives tended to be overemphasised. "There is always a tendency to get overly euphoric when we win and excessively pessimistic when we lose," he explained. "We all want to come back against Milan. We had a long week but the response [of ...
By shruthiprem:- Tito Vilanova is believed to be targeting Chelsea star David Luiz from Stamford Bridge during the summer transfer window. The Barcelona boss has realised that the central defence is the weakest in his team. Alex Song and Javier Mascherano were often asked to fill in during various…
Barca stars back Guardiola's Bayern move Barcelona coaches and players have unanimously backed to their former coach Pep Guardiola's move to Bayern Munich. Guardiola, 41, has been without a club since leaving Barcelona at the end of the 2011-12 season as he sought time away from football. He will be in charge at the Bundesliga club from July, taking over from Jupp Heynckes, the Bavarians announced on Wednesday. Speaking after their side's 2-2 Copa del Rey quarter-final first leg draw with Malaga at the Camp Nou, Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova, sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta and players including Carles Puyol, Javier Mascherano and Jose Pinto all welcomed the news. Vilanova said he had not known Guardiola's plans in advance, but was happy his friend was back in a football. "I am very happy that he is returning to football," he said. "I did not know where he was going as there was a confidentiality agreement. "I do not know how many teams or what kind of contracts he was offered, but I am sure they wer ...
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 ...
Lionel Messi has another chance to reach Gerd Muller's record of 85 goals in a calendar year after Tito Vilanova included him in Barcelona's squad to play Benfica in the Champions League. Andres Iniesta, Xavi, Javier Mascherano, Pedro, Jordi Alba and Cesc Fabregas were all rested from the squad and replaced with youngsters from the club's youth Academy. "We have some players just back after injury and others from Barca B and we would like to see how they perform," Vilanova said. "I am sure the motivation will be good. They are professionals. Benfica are still playing to qualify for the last 16."
Barcelona have been given a boost before today's game against Madrid-based Rayo Vallecano as Dani Alves has been given a medical green light. Tito Vilanova, however, won't be able to count on Javier Mascherano whose ban has been upheld.
With Lionel Messi as a three-time goal-taker and Cesc Fabregas as a three-time goal-maker, 10-man Barcelona won a wild 5-4 shootout at Deportivo La Coruna in the Spanish league on Saturday. It looked to be a one-sided affair when the league leaders raced into a three-goal lead through Jordi Alba, Cristian Tello and Messi after just 18 minutes. However, Depor replied with a Luis Pizzi penalty and an Alex Bergantinos goal before Messi struck again to put Barca back in the driving seat. Pizzi's second of the match then set the nerves jangling once more and the dismissal of Javier Mascherano gave the visitors further food for thought until Messi made it 5-3 with his treble. The excitement did not stop there though, and an own goal from Alba brought Depor back within touching distance of their opponents with 11 minutes remaining. However, despite their best attempts to grab a deserved equalizer, their luck ran out as Barca held on for the points. Barca coach Tito Vilanova had left influential midfielder Xavi o ...
Barcelona vs Deportivo in words:- Barcelona made it 12 matches unbeaten in La Liga courtesy of an astonishing 5-4 victory over Deportivo at the Riazor on Saturday evening, in a thrilling match that saw six goals scored before half-time. Well-taken strikes from Jordi Alba, Cristian Tello and Lionel Messi made it 3-0 to Tito Vilanova's side inside 20 minutes, before Pizzi reduced the deficit with a penalty. Alex Bergantinos then beat Valdes with a half- volley from distance before Messi made it 4-2 with a low finish from 15 yards shortly before the break. Pizzi grabbed his second with a fine free-kick shortly after half-time before Barcelona's Javier Mascherano was sent off for a second yellow card after an altercation with Riki. Messi completed his hat-trick with an explosive run and finish in the 77th minute, but there was still time for more drama as Alba sent a volley past his own goalkeeper Victor Valdes to make it 5-4.
Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova looks set to rest Lionel Messi for Saturday evening's La Liga trip to Deportivo La Coruna. Messi, who played and scored in both of Argentina's World Cup qualifying wins over Uruguay and Chile in the last week, returned to training along with fellow late arrivals Javier Mascherano, Alexis Sanchez and Alex Song, at the Camp Nou on Thursday evening. Vilanova looks likely to shuffle his pack for the game at El Riazor, with Celtic to come in the Champions League on Tuesday. After the last international break Tito left a jet-lagged Messi on the bench for Barca's game at Getafe, with the Argentine playing just the last 30 minutes but still scoring twice in a 4-1 win
Mourinho: Ref made a big mistake Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho was again critical of the referee's performance during Sunday's 2-2 draw at Barcelona, but his claims were swiftly dismissed by Tito Vilanova. Two goals apiece from Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo meant a share of the spoils at the Camp Nou, with Barcelona retaining their eight-point lead in the Primera Division standings. Much of the attention post-match was on two controversial moments early in the second half when, with the score at 1-1, referee Carlos Delgado Ferreiro first waved away a Madrid penalty appeal after Mesut Ozil tumbled over Javier Mascherano's challenge inside the area and then dismissed Barca calls for a spot kick when Pepe halted Andres Iniesta's run on the edge of the box. Mourinho said it went against his club's traditions to complain about referees but then went on to do just that. "Madrid is a gentlemanly club and penalties not signalled cannot be talked about," Mourinho said. "This is the philosophy of the club and ...
Javier Mascherano says Barcelona are the same team they were under Pep Guardiola following Tito Vilanova’s promotion to the top job.
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.
Tito not too unhappy with Barca's win Barcelona's comeback victory over Spartak Moscow in their Champions League opener on Wednesday proved Tito Vilanova was settling into the Nou Camp hot seat but not before revealing some worrying problems in defence. It needed the risky introduction of forwards Alexis Sanchez and David Villa, leaving only three at the back, and a late double from World Player of the Year Lionel Messi to finish off the Russian visitors, who had taken a 2-1 lead but Vilanova did not complain. "I'm not unhappy," Vilanova told a news conference. "We have attacked as we had to do. We have changed the way we played, we took risks and we won. "I would have preferred to have won easily, but this game will serve us all well." Pep Guardiola's former assistant has a tough act replacing a club idol who led the side to four consecutive Champions League semifinals, and two European Cup triumphs on the way to a 14-trophy haul. Vilanova was flirting with Barca's first home defeat in 17 European outing ...
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 maintained its 100 percent start to the season as it defeated Getafe 4-1 at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez. The Catalan giants labored during the early stages of the match but took a single-goal lead into the break through Adriano Correia. Second-half substitute Lionel Messi then netted a brace before a Javier Mascherano own goal robbed the visitors of a clean sheet, but David Villa rounded off the win. A number of injuries meant that Barcelona's attack had an almost second-string look to it, with Pedro, Cesc Fabregas and Cristian Tello leading the line while Messi and Villa, who were lacking in fitness, started on the bench. The Blaugrana controlled possession throughout the first half but did not use the wings effectively enough. A number of times Tello wasted the ball as he tried to beat defenders, only to over-hit his touch and run it out of play. Therefore it was not until the 26th minute that Tito Vilanova's side eventually threatened the hosts' goal. Thiago Alcantara dribbled through the cent ...
Now Alves attempts a through ball to Alexis Sanchez, but he's nowhere near his target. Bring back the beard Dani. 7′ Dani Alves chases a long ball that runs just beyond him and out of play. Big news: the Brazilian has shaved his mighty beard for tonight's game. I almost didn't recognise him. 6′ We've settled into a nice ebb and flow now, with each side exchanging neat passes looking for an opening. On balance, though, it's Madrid who have settled the best - they are not giving their opponents a moment's piece out there. Some tasty tackles are flying in, but most of them fair. For now. 4′ Ronaldo's first run of the game is greeted by 90,000 jeers from the crowd. Followed by a cheer as the Portuguese is brought down. Expect that to be a recurring theme tonight. 3′ Turns out not, as the ball is played short before Khedira makes a dangerous run into the box... only to be flagged offside. As you were. 2′ The first free-kick goes the way of the visitors, as Javier Mascherano brings down Ozil around 35 ...
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Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova and sports director Andoni Zubizarreta have settled on their squad restructuring for the summer market. Sport says 15 players have been deemed off limits in terms of sales: Víctor Valdés, José Manuel Pinto, Gerard Pique, Cesc Fabregas, Carles Puyol, Xavi, David Villa, Andres Iniesta, Alexis Sanchez, Leo Messi, Thiago, Javier Mascherano, Sergio Busquets, Pedro and Isaac Cuenca. Another five home-grown youngsters, Cristian Tello, Martin Montoya, Marc Bartra, Marc Muniesa and Jonathan dos Santos will be promoted to the senior squad. Those players up for sale are: Dani Alves, Adriano, Seydou Keita, Ibrahim Afellay and Spanish youngster Andreu Fontas.
Javier Mascherano says Tito Vilanova succeeding Pep Guardiola as Barcelona coach is the best decision the club could've made.
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