Tito Vilanova & Jose Mourinho

Francesc Tito Vilanova i Bayó (17 September 1968 – 25 April 2014) was a Catalan manager and footballer who played as a central midfielder. José Mário dos Santos Mourinho Félix (born 26 January 1963) is a Portuguese football manager, currently the Head Coach of Real Madrid. 5.0/5

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Guess who was the first player to score a goal against a team managed by Jose Mourinho?. Tito Vilanova.
Jose Mourinho sacked by Chelsea. Remember when he stuck his fingers into Tito Vilanova's eyes.
Jose Mourinho gouging the eye of Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova ! via
Supercopa 2011: Madrid manager Jose Mourinho pokes the eye of Barcelona assistant Tito Vilanova.
I see Chelsea are commemorating Jose Mourinho's eye poking of Tito Vilanova today by handing out giant foam fingers to their fans.
WE WILL REMEMBER: Eric Abidal, Jose Mourinho and Lionel Messi all pay tribute to Tito Vilanova
Jose Mourinho: 'Tito Vilanova’s passing is a sad day for football, for Barcelona and most importantly for his family and fri…
Sky Sports is reporting Former Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova (the very one Jose Mourinho poked in the eye?) has passed on. The tactician who succeded Pep Guardiola at Nou Camp has succumbed to throat cancer.
Jose Mourinho poking Tito Vilanova in the eye but this is ok ??
Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas says the reason behind his famous phone call to Barcelona midfielder Xavi was because he thought the two clubs were at breaking point, which could have adversely affected the fortunes of Spain. Following a number of ill-tempered El Clasico matches, the defining moment for Casillas was after the Supercopa touchline fracas in 2011 that saw former Madrid coach Jose Mourinho poke the eye of Barca predecessor Tito Vilanova. The goalkeeper and Xavi have been friends since they were teenagers and the shot-stopper felt a call to his international team-mate was needed to avoid further divide and conflict in the Spanish squad - the bulk of which is made up of Barca and Madrid players. “I called Xavi because it was my duty to do so, as the captain, it’s my responsibility,” Casillas told El Pais. “I knew what I had to do because the group was becoming divided, because I represent my country and I have to defend an idea. “We chatted about how we could re-direct what was g ...
Top Clasico clashes Thefootballnews picks out a selection of classic on and off-pitch battles between Real Madrid and Barcelona. 10 - Barca 3-2 Madrid (Spanish Supercopa second-leg, 2011) In his book Morbo, Spanish football expert Phil Ball describes Clasicos as less football matches, more re-enactments of the Civil War. History does not tell us whether Franco's key weapons against Catalan revolutionaries included eye-gouging, but if Jose Mourinho was one of his generals, it might have done. The ‘Gouge-gate’ game itself --a Supercopa second-leg in which Lionel Messi scored the winner in a 5-4 aggregate win for Barcelona -- was as fiery as most Clasicos were around that time. Six months earlier, Barca substitute keeper Pinto had managed to get himself sent off from the bench after wading into a touchline fight and, in a similar scuffle in the Supercopa, Mourinho crept up behind then-Barca assistant Tito Vilanova and... well, you know what he did. At least he was magnanimous afterwards, mind -- he desc ...
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 ...
Not really sure how Jose Mourinho can call Jan Vertonghen a disgrace after Jose gouged the eye of Tito Vilanova
Jose Mourinho, his coaching staff and the Chelsea players also all send their best wishes to Tito Vilanova for his fast reco…
Barca target £30m swoop for Mata with Chelsea star's future in the balance under new boss Mourinho Barcelona have made Chelsea's player of the year Juan Mata their No 1 transfer target. Despite Mata's hero status among Blues fans Jose Mourinho is struggling to fit the Spanish playmaker into his plans for next season. The returning 'Special One' is looking to play Belgian star Eden Hazard in the 'hole' and that may squeeze Mata out. Barca's interest in Mata could convince Roman Abramovich to cash in on the £30million-rated World Cup and European Championship winner. The Spanish champions are overhauling their squad this summer with the likes of David Villa and Cesc Fabregas heading for the exit door. Neymar has already arrived at the Nou Camp from Santos but boss Tito Vilanova wants to bring in Mata to balance his attack. Chelsea owner Abramovich and Barca president Sandro Rosell have both been in Israel for the European Under 21 Championship. Although the deal is far from done the pair have discussed th ...
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has joined Jose Mourinho in accusing Barcelona players Xavi and Andres Iniesta of sour grapes after the pair hit out at the former Bernabeu coach. Last week Xavi criticised the Portuguese coach's style of football and declared he "has left no legacy for the future", while Iniesta said the new Chelsea boss had "damaged Spanish football" due to his confrontational style. In his three years at Madrid Mourinho was the main antagonist in the rivalry between the two biggest clubs in Spain, most famously poking then Barcelona assistant coach Tito Vilanova in the eye after a match in August 2011. Mourinho won Madrid's first league title for four years in 2012 and although Los Blancos lost out on the trophy to the Catalans last season, they overcame Vilanova's side in the Copa Del Rey, the Spanish Super Cup and in their last league fixture. The former Inter boss hit out at Iniesta during his unveiling at Stamford Bridge yesterday, saying: "I damaged Spanish football by being ...
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C.RONALD still can't make it. La Liga season review: Barca stayed united as Madrid fell to pieces Jun 05, 2013 READ TO THE VERY END. Barcelona claimed their fourth league title in the last five years. There will be two abiding memories of the 2012/13 La Liga season: Barcelona’s march to a record-equalling 100 points, and Real Madrid’s painful implosion under Jose Mourinho. The tone was set from the very opening day of the campaign, when Barca waltzed past Real Sociedad with Lionel Messi scoring twice in a 5-1 thrashing while Madrid laboured to a lacklustre home draw against Valencia. Within weeks, Madrid had lost against Getafe and Sevilla while Barca kept on piling up the wins. By the time the Catalan club suffered the worrying news that new manager Tito Vilanova required a second operation for throat cancer shortly before Christmas, the league title was already effectively sealed and Vilanova was able to head to New York for a three-month recovery programme safe in the knowledge that his team was in ...
"I must also say something to Manchester United, who think I am a troublemaker and didn't want me to replace Sir Alex Ferguson. Apparently they believe that poking Tito Vilanova in the eye, berating referees and not talking to the press is worse than kicking a boot at David Beckham's eye, berating referees and banning the press like Sir Alex did for many years. But that's OK. They were with the devil so long that they started to think he was an angel. Now they have David Moyes and they will find that nice guys finish sixth with no trophies." -Brooks Peck (writing in the words of Jose Mourinho) Amazing satire.
Chelsea Agree to Sell £40m Pair to Barcelona as Jose Mourinho Sanctions Sale Stamford Bridge side to accept Nou Camp offer for Blues duo. Incoming Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is ready to allow defenders Branislav Ivanovic and David Luiz compete a £40m move to Barcelona as the Portuguese manager sets about re-structuring his Stamford Bridge squad. The Daily Star states that Mourinho will sanction the sale to Barcelona to help boost his transfer funds ahead of a summer spending spree. Nou Camp boss Tito Vilanova could certainly do with strengthening his defence and will have to fork out £30m for highly rated Brazilian Luiz and another £10m for adaptable Serbian Ivanovic. Such a move would leave Chelsea light at the back but Mourinho has already set his sights on young Frenchman Eliaquim Mangala, who has been impressive at FC Porto this season. Mourinho will not be given a blank cheque by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and in order to meet the financial requirements needed to secure the talents he hopes t ...
World Football News Update 1. The Sun is reporting that Chelsea have accepted that they’re willing to take a £30 mil loss on Fernando Torres, if he’s sold this summer. 2. Jose Mourinho could finalise his departure from Real Madrid on Monday, according to Spanish radio station Cadena COPE. 3. David Beckham shed a tear as he left the pitch after playing what could be his final game as a professional footballer. 4. Gael Clichy has committed his future to Manchester City by signing a new four-year contract. 5. Newcastle owner Mike Ashley will share out £1m between the club's non- football staff if they beat Arsenal on Sunday. 6. AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli says he is happy to have put his time in England behind him. 7. Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova will travel to New York on Monday to receive "pioneering treatment" as he continues his battle against throat cancer. 8. Real Sociedad came back to win 2-1 at Sevilla and Valencia beat Getafe 1-0 on Saturday as both teams remained locked on points in t ...
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho lashed out at his critics and suggested he was not being given enough credit amid widespread expectation he is poised to abandon the La Liga club at the end of this season.
Jose Mourinho to Tito Vilanova... "Dont worry, Tito, a Champions League semi-final is better than a poke in the eye".
Andres Iniesta admits that Barcelona are struggling in the absence of coach Tito Vilanova and defends Lionel Messi after Real Madrid loss
Full details of the match Barcelona 1 vs 3 Real Madrid - Played … - I'm Martin Macdonald, thank you for joining us on Goal.com for the Clasico! See you next time! … - A terrific brace from Cristiano Ronaldo as well as a header from Raphael Varane see Jose Mourinho's men defeat Tito Vilanova's outfit 3-1 at Camp Nou. The Portuguese has outshone the disappointing Lionel Messi in the individual stakes as has helped his side on their way to the Spanish Cup final. Los Blancos deserve their victory! Sevilla or Atletico await in the Copa Del Rey final! … - Full time! Real Madrid are through to the Copa Del Rey final! 90′ - Barca look to make the result more respectable as they probe for another goal. It wont make any difference to the result if they do, though. 89′ - Assist - Andrés Iniesta Luján (Barcelona) 89′ - Goal - Jordi Alba (Barcelona) GOAL FOR BARCELONA! The hosts earn a consolation! Iniesta chips a glorious pass over the top of the Madrid defence and Alba is on hand to cushion a lef ...
Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas will miss his first match against Barcelona since 2002 with a broken left hand, leaving the home goal in the care of either the relatively inexperienced Adan Garrido or new signing Diego Lopez. Madrid coach Jose Mourinho will also be without defenders Sergio Ramos and Fabio Coentrao and forward Angel Di Maria because of suspension, while defender Pepe is out injured. Barcelona arrives with its squad intact except for coach Tito Vilanova, who is reportedly in the United States seeking further treatment after having a tumor removed from his throat. Assistant coach Jordi Roura will again be on the touchline.
Vilanova: I would be axed over 18 point gap Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova says he would have been sacked had his side slipped as badly as Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid have over the first half of the Primera Division season. While Vilanova's side have won 18 and drawn one of their first 19 matches in his first season in charge, Mourinho's Madrid have been struggling, with their latest unexpected result - Saturday's 0-0 at bottom side Osasuna - leaving last year's champions a whopping 18 points behind Barca in the table. When asked if Madrid could be discounted as a title rival given the huge gap, Vilanova said the race was far from over, but he reckoned he would not have survived in his job if his team had dropped so many points. "No," he said. "But this. That question, if the situation was reversed, I would not be here answering it. Madrid are capable of winning every game of the second half of the season and we could lose those points. We are not talking about there just being four games left. There are l ...
Tito Vilanova says Jose Mourinho is lucky to still be at Real Madrid - if he was at Barcelona he'd have been sacked by now! Read more: [from GMF]
Tito Vilanova has piled the pressure on Jose Mourinho by suggesting that if Barcelona were 18 points behind Real Madrid he would be sacked
Tito Vilanova made a tacit dig on Tuesday at his Real Madrid counterpart Jose Mourinho by claiming that if Barca were 18 points behind their fierce rivals as Real are, he himself would be out of a job.
Barcelona have taken 55 points from a possible 57 at the half way point of La Liga. With an 18 point lead over Real Madrid and an 11 point lead over second placed Atletico Madrid. Is Tito Vilanova's side even better than the one under Pep Guardiola? Also do you think Jose Mourinho has a future at Real?
This brings us to his spell at Real Madrid. In three years he has won just La Copa Del Rey and a League title. Mourinho seems to be having a hard time in Spain and his attitude is getting worse. In the Premier League he came across as alaughable clown and a showman. Although he caused problems and had rifts with Wenger, Fergie and even Benitez, it was nothing compared to what the Portuguese manager has caused in Spain. Jose Mourinho has a chip on his shoulder and it is called Barca. He cannot stomach Barcelona being better than Real Madrid. Don’t get me wrong; Real Madrid has an amazing team but it doesn’t work the way it should. Mourinho has an inferiority complexand it has filtered down into the dressing room. How else can we explain the Clasico matches, which would not look out of place at Twickenham in London? He has tried to cause division between Real Madrid and Barca on such a scale that Iker Casillas and Barca’s Xavi have had to step in and take matters into to their own hands much to the di ...
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The best of La Liga news Messi extends thanks to Tito, Abidal Four-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi used a TV interview after winning the prize to correct his mistake in forgetting to mention Tito Vilanova and Eric Abidal in his acceptance speech. Ballon d'Or: Messi lands fourth prize in a row Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has claimed the 2012 FIFA Ballon d'Or award after he netted 91 goals to break the record for goals scored in a calendar year. Cristiano Ronaldo questions Boateng walk-off Cristiano Ronaldo said it is not necessarily right to walk off the field in response to racist chants from the stands. Guardiola: I will return to coaching next season Former Barcelona coach Josep Guardiola says he plans to return to the game next season, but he has not yet decided who his next club will be. Barcelona star Messi rues missed trophies in 2012 Barcelona star Lionel Messi says that, even if he wins a record fourth successive Ballon d'Or award, 2012 will not have been the best year of this career. Ball ...
Fresh from the Liga BBVA/La Liga Mourinho warns players not to get comfortable Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has thrown down the gauntlet to his players, warning them that no one should feel their place in the side is assured. Malaga suffer shock defeat at Depor Deportivo La Coruqa secured their first victory since early November in Domingos Paciencia's first game in charge as a wonderful individual goal by Pizzi was enough to see off Malaga 1-0. Vilanova back in dugout for Espanyol clash Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova is to return to the dugout for Sunday's derby with Espanyol. Ramos: Real refreshed after winter break Sergio Ramos believes La Liga's winter break came at a good time for Real Madrid to refocus their minds, and is targeting two quick wins in order to help foster a more positive outlook for the rest of the season. Barcelona stars and boss set for derby Barcelona keeper Victor Valdes says he is confident of overcoming a foot injury to play in Sunday's city derby against Espanyol at the Cam ...
World Football News Update 1. Newcastle have given Demba Ba permission to speak to Chelsea & the striker will not feature for the Magpies tonight v Everton 2. Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova made an app at the club's training base less than 2 wks after undergoing surgery on a tumour in his throat. 3. Brazilian defender Cris has quit Turkish club Galatasaray only six months after signing from Lyon. 4. Chelsea are ready to hand German midfielder Marko Marin, 23, to Bayer Leverkusen as a 'sweetener' before bidding for their winger Andre Schurrle, 22, in the summer. 5. Brazilian side Santos have offered AC Milan £5.7m for striker Robinho, 28, in a deal which will see the former Manchester City player earning £250,000 per week. 6. Sevilla are the first Spanish side to make a move in the January transfer window, offering around £800,000 for Bosnian midfielder Miroslav Stevanovic, 22, from Serbian club FK Vojvodina. 7. Cristiano Ronaldo believes coach Jose Mourinho will stay at Real Madrid. 8. Inter captain J ...
RAFA BENITEZ is in line to land the Chelsea manager’s job permanently. The news will shock fans who have slated the ex-Liverpool boss since he took charge last month. But sources inside Stamford Bridge’s corridors of power say the Spaniard is on course to become ‘Rafa the Gaffer’ full-time after some superb results. Owner Roman Abramovich has been impressed with Blues’ six wins in their last se...ven games, in which they hit 26 goals and reached the Capital One Cup semi-finals. Benitez, 52, has even helped £50million flop Fernando Torres rediscover his golden touch withseven goals in seven games. Events outside SW6 have also strengthened the position of Benitez, originally only brought in until the end of the season. Chelsea’s top target Pep Guardiola is being linkedwith a return to Barcelona after his year-long sabbatical. Current boss Tito Vilanova has cancer and there are fears about his long-term future. Jose Mourinho is also unlikely to return to Chelsea and is set to go to Manchester Un ...
Jose Mourinho wishes Tito Vilanova a speedy recovery! Watch the video here:
"With things like this we are on the same side. For Tito, for his family and for everyone with health problems we are all hoping together that they all recover." -- Jose Mourinho on Tito Vilanova
23 December 2012 Repeat 08:00 Wigan Athletic vs Arsenal SuperSport 3 Africa, SuperSport 3 Nigeri.. Málaga vs Real Madrid Preview The link between Manuel Pellegrini and Jose Mourinho has added more depth to Saturday’s Spanish La Liga fixture between fourth-placed Malaga and third-placed Real Madrid. Read More... Real Valladolid vs Barcelona Preview Barcelona was left shaken by the news of their coach Tito Vilanova suffering from relapse of a cancerous tumour on his saliva gland. Read More... Cancer-affected Tito Vilanova: What his condition means to Barcelona and football Bad news rocked the camp of Barcelona on Wednesday concerning cancer-affected Tito Vilanova. The 44-year-old quiet man requires emergency treatment and will be absent from the dugout for some time. Read More... Lionel Messi Interview Featured in the Premiere of "60 MINUTES SPORTS" Jan. 9 on SHOWTIME "60 MINUTES SPORTS" premieres on Showtime Wednesday, Jan. 9 with a rare interview with the world's best soccer player, Lionel Messi Read . ...
La Liga * Barca maintain lead; Real falter again * Barcelona gave stand-in coach Jordi Roura a winning start as they downed Real Valladolid 3-1 to re-establish a nine-point lead at the La Liga summit. Roura is deputising for Tito Vilanova, who was discharged from hospital on Saturday after undergoing an operation on his parotid gland on Thursday, and saw his side take a 1-0 interval lead when Xavi Hernandez tapped in Jordi Alba's cross. The Spain midfielder then set up Lionel Messi for his 91st and last goal of an extraordinary 2012 and, after Javi Guerra pulled one back, Cristian Tello rounded off the win in injury time. Real Madrid's fading title hopes were hit with another blow after slumping to a 3-2 defeat at Malaga to fall 16 points behind Barcelona. Roque Santa Cruz struck twice in three second-half minutes to help fourth-placed Malaga heap the pressure on Madrid coach Jose Mourinho, who omitted captain Iker Casillas from his starting line-up. Isco put Malaga ahead in the 48th minute before an own ...
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho was under renewed pressure on Saturday after his team lost 3-2 at Malaga, a defeat which left the champions 16 points behind leaders Barcelona. The disappointment was compounded by Mourinho's controversial decision to drop goalkeeper and captain Iker Casillas from the starting line-up. It was the first time in ten years that the Spanish FIFA World Cup™ winner had been axed with 25-year- old Antonio Adan called up to take the place of the benched veteran. Isco and Roque Santa Cruz, with a double, grabbed the goals for Malaga. Madrid did level at 1-1 with an own-goal by Samuel Sanchez and Karim Benzema made it 3-2 eight minutes from time, but the home side clung on to celebrate their first win over Real in 29 years. Malaga's win left the Costa del Sol club in fourth, two points behind Real on 31 points while Atletico Madrid, who beat Celta Vigo 1-0 on Friday, are second, nine points behind Barcelona. Barça had earlier won 3-1 at Valladolid, a timely boost for cancer- stric ...
Mourinho wishes Vilanova the best 22 December 2012 01:53 Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has expressed his sympathy for Barcelona counterpart Tito Vilanova after his cancer relapse. Vilanova, who had an operation to remove a tumour in a salivary gland last year, suffered a recurrence of his throat cancer which led to another bout of surgery on Thursday. He will be in hospital until Sunday at least before needing up to six weeks of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. The news came as a shock to the football world and although Mourinho remained tight-lipped on what contact he had with Vilanova since the news, he offered his best wishes to the 44- year-old. "I do not like talking about what I do in my private life," said Mourinho. "Whether I call him (Vilanova) or not, or send a text or not, or talk to Vilanova or not, is a personal thing. I have no comment about it. "The fact is that a colleague has a problem and I am the same as everyone. "I think that with issues like this everybody desires the same thing. Bec ...
La Liga weekend Preview Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has warned runaway leaders Barcelona his side are not going to relinquish their Primera Division title without a fight. Madrid slumped 13 points adrift of Barca on Sunday after being held to a home draw by struggling Espanyol and then seeing Tito Vilanova's men brush aside second-placed Atletico Madrid 4-1 at the Nou Camp. Madrid coach Jose Mourinho admitted after the Espanyol game that it would be "practically impossible" to now retain their title, and with Barca having dropped only two points all season, it is tough to see how the nine-time European champions can claw back the difference. However, if they do end up losing their crown to Barca, Madrid will be determined not to hand it to their arch rivals on a platter. Benzema told France Football magazine: "I hope we can give chase to Barca. It will be tough, but we haven't said the final word on this." Madrid will be desperate to make amends for their Espanyol setback and end 2012 on a winning n ...
Real Madrid's Spanish title defense suffered another setback on Saturday as Jose Mourinho's team lost 1-0 at Real Betis. It was third-placed Madrid's third defeat in 13 league matches this season, all of them away from the Santiago Bernabeu, and meant Los Blancos could end the weekend 11 points behind leaders Barcelona. On Sunday, Tito Vilanova's team travel to Levante, who dropped to sixth behind Malaga and fifth- placed Betis. Real's city rivals Atletico could move eight points clear in second with a Sunday victory at home to Sevilla. Betis midfielder Benat Etxebarria, who has been part of Spain's national squad this season, pounced on an error by Angel Di Maria to fire the only goal from the edge of the penalty area in the 17th minute. Real had the ball in the net before halftime, but the visitors were left aggrieved after striker Karim Benzema appeared to be incorrectly ruled offside from Xabi Alonso's free-kick. Real had almost 68% of possession and managed 18 shots to Betis' nine, but could not brea ...
La Liga PREVIEW Real Madrid hope Cristiano Ronaldo will be fit for Saturday's visit of Athletic Bilbao, which follows Barcelona's clash with Real Zaragoza. Prolific Portuguese forward Ronaldo, who has already scored 19 goals in all competitions for Real this season, suffered a nasty eye injury against Levante in the Primera Division last week. A large cut opened up above the player's eye after he was caught by defender David Navarro's elbow early in the match. He played on after treatment - and scored - inthe 2-1 win but later had headaches and dizzy spells and missed Portugal's midweek friendly in Gabon. Jose Mourinho would not want to be withouthis key forward at the Bernabeu as Real look to keep pace with the top two sides in La Liga. After a slow start, Real have climbed to third after winning their last four matches but still trail leaders Barca by eight points and are fivebehind city rivals Atletico Madrid. Sami Khedira and Karim Benzema are also hoping to prove their fitness after recent injuries. ...
Cristiano Ronaldo (CR7) VS Lionel Messi (LM10) "Lionel Messi is the best player on the planet" - Tito Vilanova, Barca coach. "Cristiano is the best player in the universe" - Jose Mourinho, Madrid coach.
Coaches with best Liga debut ever (after 10 games): Tito Vilanova 9W 1D, Bobby Robson 8W 2D, Jose Mourinho 8W 2D [via misterchip]
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Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova has lashed out at Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho for overlooking Real Madrid’s youngsters to play Michael Essien at left-back.
Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova says Lionel Messi is the clear favourite for the 2012 Ballon d'Or award and - in comments clearly aimed at Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho - says he does not need to mount a campaign to convince anyone.
* Jose Mourinho: "Real "Madrid is Spanish champion, Chelsea is European champion. It's about time people talk less about Barcelona." * Tito Vilanova: Madrid is the Liga champion, Chelsea is the CL champion and Barcelona is the World and Copa Del Rey champion. This is very clear."
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 ...
Barcelona may well win La Liga, but Real Madrid are becoming the better team Tito Vilanova's team remain eight points clear of Barca after Sunday's 2-2 but Jose Mourinho's men no longer fear the Catalans and are looking more and more like the stronger side Oct 8, 2012 9:00:00 AM COMMENT By Ben Hayward | Spanish Football Writer Winners and losers. Barcelona's 2-2 draw at home to Real Madrid in the Camp Nou Clasico on Sunday sees the Catalans remain in control of the Primera Division as they retain their eight-point advantage on Jose Mourinho's men. Already, Barca look like winning La Liga. But already, they appear to be losing their domestic dominance following the departure of Pep Guardiola. The tidy transition from Pep to Tito had seen the new man steer his side to six straight successes in La Liga, but the key tests come in the very biggest matches and having lost the Spanish Supercopa to Madrid over two legs in late August, Barca were unable to put their fiercest foes to the sword on Sunday, either. Pe ...
Michael Cox previews the first La Liga clash between Tito Vilanova and Jose Mourinho.
celona superstar striker Lionel Messi warned on Monday of Real Madrid's rapid counter-attacking threat as the archrivals prepare for a Sunday showdown. While praising Real Madrid's game, the 25-year-old Argentine refused, however, to comment on their coach Jose Mourinho, explaining that he had never spoken to him. "Madrid kill you in the counter-attack," Messi said in an interview with daily El Pais. "They have very fast forwards and the connection between defence and attack takes five seconds and then it's a goal. They don't need to play well to score three goals. They have a lot of positions for their players who are very good." Messi said he was friends with two fellow Argentines on the Real Madrid squad, Gonzalo "El Pipita" Higuain and Angel Di Maria. "You don't see El Pipita and then he has two kicks and scores twice," he added. The triple Ballon d'Or winner declined to give his opinion of Mourinho, however. "I can't say anything. I don't know him, I have never spoken to him," Messi said. "I can only ...
Vilanova: Messi has no limits Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova chose to focus on the brilliance of Lionel Messi after an entertaining 2-2 draw with Real Madrid in La Liga. Cristiano Ronaldo started and finished the scoring at the Nou Camp, with Messi also at the double - his second strike a stunning free-kick - to ensure honours ended even. "We do not know his limits," Vilanova said of the Argentina forward. "You should see how he trains every day - that urge he has to keep getting better. "I think we will never see another player like this. He is the best in the world by far." Vilanova added that Ronaldo would be "more recognised" if his career had not coincided with Messi's. As always between the arch rivals, tensions frequently looked in danger of boiling over. Visiting defender Pepe accused Andres Iniesta of "doing theatre" in a bid to win a second-half penalty and Madrid coach Jose Mourinho - who infamously poked a finger into the eye of Vilanova on the touchline last season when he was Pep Guardiola's ...
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo both scored twice as Barcelona and Real Madrid drew 2-2 in a politically-charged Clasico on Sunday which kept the Catalan giants eight points ahead of their bitter rivals. Ronaldo put Madrid ahead after 23 minutes but Messi responded just after the half hour mark. The 98,000 crowd of vociferous Catalans glimpsed the possibility of going 11 points clear after Messi struck a free-kick to put them ahead after the break but Ronaldo responded five minutes later. In the dying stages, Barca had the chance to win it with substitute Martin Montoya hitting the woodwork. On a tense night at Camp Nou, fans had created a mosaic of the Catalan flag, "The Senyera", in a clear demonstration of the nationalist fervour in the region where many want independence from Spain. After the match, Madrid coach Jose Mourinho said he was confident that his side could still haul back Barca. "The league is in the same situation as it was before and we can still win it. I didn't like the game very muc ...
El-Classico facts before tonight's 2-2 draw. - With the recent victory in the Spanish Super Cup, Madrid has now won 88 Clásicos to Barça’s 87. There have been 46 draws between the two sides. - At the Camp Nou, in the Liga, the home team has won 47 times, the visitors 19 times and they’ve tied 18 times. - Xavi Hernández is the FC Barcelona player that has featured in the most Clásicos. He’s played in 34 official matches against Real Madrid and he’s scored 5 goals against Los Blancos. - Alex Song knows what it’s like to beat Real Madrid. He defeated Madrid while playing for Arsenal it in the 2005/06 edition Champions League in the quarter-finals (0-1). The 18-year-old came onto the pitch for Cesc in the dying minutes of the away game at the Bernabéu. - Jordi Alba scored against Real Madrid in the 2011/12 Liga in Mestalla. Madrid won that game by 3 to 6. - Since the 1964/65 season, Madrid has not defeated Barça consecutively in the Liga at the Camp Nou. - Jose Mourinho has lost to FC Barcelon ...
This are the of messi concerning today match barca agaist madrid. Lionel Messi has granted an interview to a Barcelona-based media outfit, in which he spoke about Real Madrid’s duo of Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo, his team mate David Villa and the current Barcelona coach, Tito Vilanova. “He’s [Mourinho] a good coach who does his job. So is Cristiano Ronaldo, [who is] a great player,” Messi told todo-barcelona.net. “Villa is also a great guy that nobody can be wrong about.” The 25-year-old forward also praised Vilanova for continuing with the methods Pep Guardiola employed at the Camp Nou, before he departed in the summer. “[With Tito], you will see the sameBarcelona from past seasons,” he added. “Our style of play will not change because Tito thinks like Pep in this regard. There is no change. “Pep left a mark on the history of football. He gave me the bonus of playing in different positions on the field and that’s something he did with the team. “He changed and reinforced t ...
Jose Mourinho had Pep Guardiola for tactical knowledge all day long, but has he got Tito Vilanova?
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first player to score in six consecutive Clasicos. The 27-year-old opened the scoring in the 23rd minute minute at Camp Nou with a powerful left-footed drive after latching on to a Karim Benzema cross. The previous record of five, which Ronaldo matched in the 2-1 win over Barca in August, was held by Chilean striker Ivan Zamorano, who represented Los Blancos between 1992 and 1996. During his Clasico career, the fomer Manchester United winger has netted nine goals against the Blaugrana, six goals behind Lionel Messi, who has scored a total of 15 times against the Catalans' arch-rivals. Of the five previous last matches against Barca during which Ronaldo has found the net, he has ended up on the losing team three times, though he did find the target in last year's Liga win at Camp Nou. Ronaldo will be hoping that his strike will help Jose Mourinho's side close the gap on Tito Vilanova's men to just five points.
Jose Mourinho's ban for poking Tito Vilanova in the eye has been dropped after the pair made up with a quick poke in the bum.
Jose Mourinho, the manager of Real Madrid, recently insulted FC Barcelona forward Lionel Messi. Mourinho stated that Messi's goals count for nothing since Barca did not win La Liga BBVA and the UEFA Champions League. The Special One, as Mourinho loves to call himself, added salt to an already festering wound with another comment. He said that Cristiano Ronaldo deserved to win the Ballon D'Or for the year 2012 since he is the top scorer. The declarations were published in an article in Goal magazine. Mourinho added cynically that while Ronaldo is a top scorer on Real Madrid, Portugal is another issue. The Special One declared that he doubts Ronaldo can inspire glory for the Portuguese national football team. Mourinho said that Ronaldo did not have the support in Portugal as in Real Madrid. Whether the comment was true or not, it may count as an insult to Ronaldo. Before looking at others, The Special One should examine himself as Real Madrid manager. Mourinho is the same person who poked Tito Vilanova (Bar ...
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I bet Tito Vilanova even picked up the phone to discuss that one with Jose Mourinho
Barcelona - Real Madrid Clasico clash confirmed for October 7 Barcelona will face off with arch-rivals Real Madrid for the Liga Clasico of the new season at Camp Nou on October 7 at 19:50CET. The Spanish giants have already played each other twice this season in the Supercopa, with Tito Vilanova's men triumphing 3-2 in the first leg, before the champions sealed the silverware on away goals with a 2-1 victory at the Bernabeu. Catalan giants Barca will be hoping to equal Madrid’s tally of 88 Clasico wins, but the capital club have lost just once in their last three trips to Camp Nou. Barcelona recently raised their ticket prices, which will make the upcoming clash the most expensive match between the two sides ever. Luka Modric could make his first Clasico start since his move to Real Madrid from the Premier League, as could Alex Song should he start for Blaugrana. Barcelona currently sit five points ahead of Jose Mourinho's side in the Liga standings after taking three wins from as many matches this seas ...
Tito Vilanova and Jose Mourinho standing side-by-side today via
According to AS, Jose Mourinho and Tito Vilanova, took the hours before the XIV Elite Coaches Forum for coffee...
Tito Vilanova is gradually getting the hang of it. The 2012/2013 Liga BBVA season'll be full of suprises. Jose Mourinho, watch out.
Real Madrid and Barcelona renew their Spanish Super Cup rivalry on Thursday when Tito Vilanova faces Jose Mourinho at the Camp Nou stadium, where the two coaches famously clashed last year. Last August's match at Barcelona ended with both teams brawling on the field and Madrid coach Mourinho poking Vilanova in the eye with his finger. Barcelona won the Super Cup 5-4 on aggregate. Mourinho apologised this summer, aiming to calm tensions before his first meeting with Vilanova as a fellow Head Coach. "This isn't about Pep (Guardiola) or Tito, this is about (playing) Barca and that's how we're approaching it,'' Mourinho said on Wednesday. ''I think it's a game that will have little effect and if I could choose, I'd choose what happened last year where we lost the Super Cup and won the league. If losing is a motivation for winning the league, I'd sign off on it now.'' The match is the first of two legs. Madrid hosts the second leg at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Sept. 30. Vilanova, who was an assistant to Guar ...
… - One thing’s for sure, if the lure of the best players in the world doesn’t grab you, then the action on the sidelines surely will. Sparks could fly here at Camp Nou. … - We are, of course, in the first leg of the Supercopa, Spain’s traditional curtain-raiser between last season’s league and cup winners. We had the same two sides competing this time last year, and what an experience that was.Nine goals over two games, red cards galore, and even a touchline brawl between opposition coaches. Tito Vilanova was assistant manager when he squared up to Jose Mourinho that night, taking a jab to the eye in the process, but now he emerges as Barcelona’s ruler-in-chief. Does he have a response in mind? … - As you can tell, I’m pretty pleased to be bringing you tonight’s game. … - Many of us will have friends or loved ones who just aren’t that into football.They just don’t get the appeal. To those people I say, here is thegame for you. Barcelona and Real Madrid, a fixture offering mo ...
Cruyff: Mourinho is mad 22 August 2012 Former Barcelona star Johan Cruyff has branded Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho a failure as a footballer. The Dutchman laughed off Mourinho's self-granted title of 'the only one', and even had harsh words for Barca's president Sandro Rosell. "He had nothing to show for himself as a footballer but now he can do something," Cruyff told AS. "Yes, he is 'the only one', the only one mad enough to say a thing like that. He's so mad he's in a straitjacket." Cruyff went on to discuss the transfer policies of his former team, and said that new trainer Tito Vilanova has a lot to prove. "The best philosophy is to create players, not buy them. We (Cruyff and Rosell) don't share the same philosophy. I don't believe he understands the notion that Barca is more than a club," he said. "He (Vilanova) has to prove his worth when the going gets tough. We'll have to wait and see before we jump to conclusions about him. Working behind Guardiola is not the same as being in charge, it's co ...
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has played down last season's row with Barcelona boss Tito Vilanova before the two teams meet in Thursday's Super Cup.
Tito Vilanova has defended d Supercopa after Jose Mourinho claimed that the trophy was the least important he would contend this season.
Goal.com shared the following link and had this to say about it: PREVIEW: Barcelona v Real Madrid. Tito Vilanova and Jose Mourinho square off in Supercopa showdown! The Catalan club started the season better than the La Liga champions, but who will come out on top in this Spanish clash??
Tito Vilanova (Barcelona) kicked Jose Mourinho (Real Madrid) and no one showed this! Vilanova should be banned from football forever!
Jose Mourinho: I was wrong to poke Barcelona's Tito Vilanova in the eye
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho admits he was wrong over his infamous clash with Barcelona rival Tito Vilanova last season.
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho says he has no problem with Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova despite their coming together last season.
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“Jose Mourinho's apology for attacking Tito Vilanova has come too late insists Barcelona full-back Dani Alves .. Ya welo ya welo
Gratifying News of the Day:Two-match ban given to coach Jose Mourinho for poking Barcelona assistant Tito Vilanova's eye has been lifted.
New Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova has denied there is any bad feeling towards Jose Mourinho. "I like him like I like my mother-in-law".
The Catalans are furious that Jose Mourinho has gone unpunished after he poked Tito Vilanova in the eye in last ...
Fans ask Barcelona to field reserves against Real Madrid in protest at decision to forgive Jose Mourinho for eye-poking of Tito Vilanova.
at the Spanish Football Federation's decision to lift Jose Mourinho's ban for eye-poking Tito Vilanova last season.
Mourinho and Vilanova cleared - Jose Mourinho: Suspension overturned Jose Mourinho and Tito Vilan...
Barcelona unhappy with RFEF's decision to revoke Jose Mourinho's Supercopa ban after gouging eye of boss Tito Vilanova.
can't wait for La Liga to start bra,waiting to see the Tito vilanova and Jose Mourinho battle it out...
Jose Mourinho has had his ban for assaulting Tito Vilanova rescinded!
Real Madrid chief Emilio Butragueno has refused to comment on Jose Mourinho being cleared from his Supercopa suspension. Mourinho and Tito Vilanova will be on the touchline when Real Madrid meet Barcelona in the two-legged Supercopa next month after both men had suspensions overturned on Tuesday. Barca took aim at Mourinho after the verdict was made. But Butragueno said: "We're not here to comment on what Barcelona say, but to do so regarding a decision taken by the President of the Federation to exonerate Jose Mourinho, Marcelo and Ozil for the Super Cup. We respect this decision, as we've always done in the past, in which we all know Barcelona were the protagonists and Real Madrid never complained. "It isn't the first time such leniency is shown; the President of the Federation has the power to show it and we respect that.
Emilio Butragueno has called on Barcelona to accept the Spanish FA's decision to lift the bans of Jose Mourinho and Tito Vilanova
The Spanish Football Federation has lifted the Supercup suspensions of Jose Mourinho and Tito Vilanova.
Mourinho offered amnesty over Vilanova incident - The touchline bans given to Jose Mourinho and Tito Vilanova over t...
Jose Mourinho and Tito Vilanova will not serve Spanish Super Cup suspensions
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Official: Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho will not be punished for eye-gouging Tito Vilanova as ESP federation announce a general pardon
Jose Mourinho's 2 match ban for eye-poking Tito Vilanova has been lifted !!
Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has declared that Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho must face action for his scuffle with Tito Vilanova
spokesman has indicated that the club are against Tito Vilanova or Jose Mourinho having their Spanish suspensions lifted.
Tito Vilanova and José Mourinho will come face to face at the first official game of the coming season: The Spanish Supercup. [Marca]
Tito Vilanova and Jose Mourinho on the cover of - "This aggression will come to nothing"
Jose Mourinho steals the Clasico headlines with crazy eye gouge of Barcelona assistant August 18th, 2011 A thrilling SuperCoppa second leg may have seen Barcelona win 3-2, yet another masterclass from Lionel Messi who scored twice and assisted the opener for Andres Iniesta, as well as three late sen...
Tito Vilanova officially appointed as the Manager of FC Barcelona... - Surely one in the EYE for Jose Mourinho. ;)
i can sense the rise of Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid era and the end of Tito Vilanova's Barcelona!!!
It has been a successful season for Real Madrid, with the capital club capturing the La Liga crown to end a period of dominance by Barcelona, who had won the three previous titles. Eliminated from the Champions League and the Copa Del Rey, Jose Mourinho's men have just one game left in the current campaign - their Liga clash at home to Mallorca at the weekend. The 2011-12 season did not get off to the most positive of starts for Madrid, however, as they lost the Super Copa to a Barca side fresh off the beach in a series soured by Mourinho poking Pep Guardiola's assistant Tito Vilanova in the eye. And by the end of September, Madrid had lost to Levante in La Liga and drawn at Racing Santander. However, that turned out to be the storm before the calm as Mourinho's men went on an impressive winning streak which lasted until their El Clasico defeat at home to Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu on December 10. As so often before, Barcelona made Madrid pay with a 3-1 win and a month later knocked their biggest ...
Photo: Tito Vilanova scored his first goal against the team of Jose Mourinho in 1998 ..
Fact: Tito Vilanova was the first player to ever score against a team coached by Jose Mourinho. (via
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Dear Jose Mourinho, I hope you remember when you poked in a man's eye about a year ago and later in the press conference you said, "I don't know who Tito Vilanova is". Well, that man now has the job you were rejected for. Good luck Vilanova !!
Josep Guardiola has resigned as Barca coach and will be replaced by his assistant Tito Vilanova (the guy Jose Mourinho pinched his nose last year).fare thee well Pep and thanx for embracing good soccer as defined by Frank Rijkaard. This coming frm a Madrid supporter
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