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Vilanova: Players are not thinking of Champions League final

Vilanova: Players are not thinking of Champions League final

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The Catalan's coach has insisted the team is not thinking too far ahead despite many already believing Barca's name is on the trophy.

Barcelona boss Tito Vilanova has claimed the team is focused on beating Spartak Moscow on Wednesday, despite talk of the club already being the favorite to lift the Champions League trophy in May.

The 44-year-old was in a bullish mood when asked about the game at Camp Nou against Unai Emery's side, calling the Russian Premier League team 'difficult and dynamic'.

“It is too early to be thinking about the final at Wembley,” he told a press conference today. “In the Champions League, any team can beat any other. There are no easy games.

“The Champions League is basically the most important competition, besides our league. The first game of the tournament is a very important one – you have to give it your all because of its importance. It will be a tough game. Spartak will not be easy, they are a dynamic team that want to succeed. Unai Emery always makes it difficult for us, he's always brave with his selections. I'm sure they will put us under pressure.”

Vilanova then commented on the pressure he feels under being the number one at Barcelona, and also fitness updates on some of the squad.

“The pressure I feel is from myself,” he said. “Not from anyone on the outside.

“[Carles] Puyol will be out. But it's clear that [Javier] Mascherano and [Gerard] Pique can't play every game for us. We'll also see how Jordi Alba and Alexis [Sanchez] are tomorrow at training.”

He concluded by remarking on the mood inside the camp, following their successful start to the season.

“I don't think the players are euphoric, they're accustomed to winning four games in a row.”


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