Barcelona boss: I’d be sacked if we were 18 points behind Real Madrid

Tito Vilanova claims that he would have been sacked by Barcelona if his side were 18 points behind Real Madrid

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Tito Vilanova took over from Pep Guardiola in the summer Photo: FC Barcelona

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Tito Vilanova believes that he would have been sacked by Barcelona if his side were 18 points behind Real Madrid.

Speaking at a news conference ahead of Barça’s clash against Málaga in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday, the coach was asked whether Madrid could be ruled out of the race for the title, given the gap in points between them and the Catalans.

“No, but if the situation was the other way round, I wouldn’t be here to answer that question,” he responded.

“Madrid are capable of winning every game in the second half of the season and we are capable of losing those points.

“We are not talking about four games, there are a lot of games left. I know that things can change very quickly. As soon as you lose two games, you look worse as a coach.”

Vilanova, whose side beat Málaga 3-1 on Sunday, is confident Barça will not be complacent when they face them at the Camp Nou on Wednesday.

“I don’t think we will relax,” he continued. “Of course, we beat them in the league and we played really well.

“Málaga have shown they are capable of competing in the league and in the Champions League. They have a lot of virtues, and this will be a lot harder, because it’s a two-legged tie. If you concede a goal or have a man sent off it becomes much harder over two games.”

Vilanova predicted that both sides would make changes from the teams they put out at the weekend but warned: “That won’t make a difference to how the teams play. Pellegrini’s teams always play in a similar way, and so do we. I don’t think there’ll be too many differences.”

And he dismissed talk of aiming to win a treble of the Copa del Rey, league title and the Champions League.

“I don’t think about that because first, we have a lot of games left in the league,” he said.

“When we won the Champions League at Wembley we almost got knocked out in the second round. I like to think about our next game, which is against Málaga.”

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