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Barça's Vilanova enjoys debut European win

Published: Thursday 20 September 2012, 0.18CET
Tito Vilanova said it was a "good feeling" to have won his first European game as FC Barcelona coach, but bemoaned the injury Gerard Piqué suffered against FC Spartak Moskva.
Published: Thursday 20 September 2012, 0.18CET

Barça's Vilanova enjoys debut European win

Tito Vilanova said it was a "good feeling" to have won his first European game as FC Barcelona coach, but bemoaned the injury Gerard Piqué suffered against FC Spartak Moskva.

Tito Vilanova, Barcelona coach
The performance was good, but not the best. We played well, opening up the pitch. The best thing was the reaction of the players. It's a good feeling because it's important to start with a win. They were difficult to unlock and made things hard for us with a couple of counterattacks.

We had a lot of chances. Teams only employ this kind of approach when they play us. We will use players from the reserve team [to fill the void created by Gerard Piqué's injury]. Hopefully he recovers soon, but, if not, we will use our young players.

Unai Emery, Spartak coach
I am satisfied with what the team showed, because it is another phase in our development. I prefer to believe that things will work out in the future. We tried to find a way to win the game. Barcelona didn't create many chances and we hoped to be clinical with the few that we had.

We got 50% of what we wanted. I have the misfortune of being in a group of coaches who have never won at the Camp Nou. The most important thing was to score goals, which we did, but it was not enough. In attack we wanted something more. To beat Barcelona you need to play a perfect match.

You can stop Messi for a certain amount of time, but when you concentrate on him other players find space so it is very difficult. Overall the match was great and I am happy with our display, if not the result.

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