Vilanova preaches equality

Barcelona Boss Tito Vilanova hopes the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) are ‘just as strict’ with other Coaches, in reference to his two-match touchline ban.

“They have punished me and I have accepted it,” asserted the 42-year-old tactician in his Press conference ahead of his side’s match against Valencia on Sunday evening.

“I just hope they are as strict with other Coaches who commit similar offences this season.”

The former Mallorca midfielder received a two-match ban for after he was sent from the bench in the Catalan giants’ narrow 2-1 victory over Osasuna last weekend.

The suspension was upheld by the Appeals Committee, so the tactician will be absent from the touchline for the weekend visit of Valencia.

“They must educate people as to how exactly punishments are decided and to remain consistent in their decisions without blowing offences out of proportion.”

Vilanova also spoke about his team’s fitness and moral levels following their defeat to arch rivals Real Madrid in the Super Cup in midweek.

“They are in good shape, we have had a very good start in the League and we want to end this weekend with nine points on the board and be top.

“We made crucial human errors against Madrid which were down to a lack of concentration, the Santiago Bernabeu pitch was dry and we got caught in it defensively.”

The former Barcelona B Coach also commented on opponents Sunday’s Valencia, who are always a ‘difficult’ challenge.

“Their players may have changed but they remain very dangerous in all aspects, we will have to be at our best to beat them.”

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