Vilanova: Barca always friendly

Tito Vilanova has reflected on how Barcelona are anticipating a tricky test away to Levante and also on a year since surgery.

The Coach was asked first up of his take on Real Madrid’s clashes in the tunnel and in the Press that followed their visit to the Ciutat de Valencia just two weeks ago.

“Whenever we have played against Levante it has been difficult, but we have been amenable,” answered Vilanova today.

“Not one complaint. As has happened in other games with other teams, we do not go into the opponents’ dressing room. We have not had problems.”

Focus then turned to Barca’s test on the pitch this Sunday evening.

“They always have a good striker, a good ball player too like Barkero…they have won all at home bar against Atletico and Madrid.

“Can we keep a clean sheet? We kept a clean sheet in Moscow, which was good, but with Celtic they had fewer chances and scored twice.

“Is this our toughest game to the end of the calendar year? All are complicated. We go to Betis’ stadium, we welcome Atletico, we also play with Athletic…”

This week marked a year since Vilanova underwent surgery on a tumour found on one of his salivary glands.

“Thursday was a year since the operation and the lesson is that it can happen to anyone, however much they take care of themselves.

“It changed my life overnight. I can only give out the advice that you have to be strong and to say to have more rest than I did.”

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