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The Barca coach pointed out that his side have already won in the two fixtures which derailed their title hopes last year, whilst also giving his response to Carles Puyol's injury

Barcelona boss Tito Vilanova has praised his side's resolve after securing a 4-1 victory away to Getafe, a fixture that they suffered defeat in last season.

Goals from Adriano, a double from substitute Lionel Messi and a solitary David Villa strike, ensured a big win for the Catalan giants, who top La Liga with a 100 per cent record.

Vilanova was quick to point out that Barcelona had won both games away to the Azulones, as well as Osasuna, defeats which ultimately derailed their title hopes last season.

"We have 12 points out of 12 possible. The team has been controlled at all times, knowing how badly we had it last year," the 42-year-old told Sport.

"We have had enough patience, and we can achieve more goals. It is good for everyone to know that we lost in Pamplona and Getafe [last season], and this year we won. There are never easy games, but there are many points at stake."

On the subject of Messi, who started from the bench, Vilanova insisted that it was as a result of jet-lag, with the Argentine coming on in the second-half to score twice.

He continued: "I talked to him, he [played in] tough games, with a strong pre-season. He came form a trip with the national team and [wanted to] start, but I thought he should be rested and so I used him in a more open game."

Club captain Carles Puyol suffered a further injury setback after being replaced by Javier Mascherano in the 57th minute and the Barca boss expressed his disappointment at the latest injury.

"We will see tomorrow after further testing and the scope and timescale [of how long Puyol will be out for]," Vilanova explained.

"It is a problem because we have issues in central defence and Puyol is very important to our team. [He is a] player that gives us a lot and we hope he returns as soon as possible."

Barcelona welcome Spartak Moscow to Camp Nou as they begin their quest for a third Champions League title in five years on Tuesday. Kick-off is at 20:45 CET.


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