VILANOVA HAILS MESSI

The manager of Barcelona, Tito Vilanova, has hailed Lionel Messi for his attitude towards the game. Talking to the reporters ahead of Barcelona’s Copa Del Rey match against Cordoba, Vilanova said, “The most incredible quality of Messi is his disciplined attitude. Even after achieving so much, he still has his feet grounded. He still works very hard on his game and always wants to learn new things.”

“When players go through such a purple patch, they tend to relax and start thinking that they can afford to miss a training session or two. But, Messi is not like that.”

“His approach on the field is also appreciable. His energy level remains the same either he is playing against a weak team or a strong team. He always remains motivated and that’s a great quality to have.”

When asked about the 11 point lead that Barcelona currently has over its arch rivals Real Madrid, Vilanova said, “We all know that Real Madrid is a very dangerous team and they will keep fighting till the very end. Currently, they are behind us, but, they can still catch up if we lose the momentum.”

“All the senior players of the team have been in good form and they have been delivering since the start of the season. But, we can’t win all the games that we will play. There might come a phase where we lose a few games. So, we need to be prepared for it.”

When asked about the match against Cordoba, Vilanova said, “We can’t afford to take them lightly. I know that people are expecting us to win this game easily, but, I don’t think it is going to be that easy for us. They have got some good players in their squad and they are capable of surprising us. So, we need to be careful against them.”