The Barca head coach has warned that his side must be at the top of their game at the Riazor stadium this weekend
The Blaugrana sit top of the league on 19 points and have yet to lose this season. In stark contrast, this weekend’s opponent Deportivo La Coruna languishes in 18th position with only six points.
The 44-year-old coach says the objective after the international break is to ensure the club keeps up its rich vein of form - while to continuing to improve - citing the tricky away visit to the Riazor as the perfect place to start.
“There are no easy games and certainly not away to Deportivo -- especially with the players coming off the international break. Riazor has never been an easy ground," Vilanova told reporters.
The Catalan coach rotated his side after the last international break but feels this weekend could merit a different approach.
“It’s important to get players back," he said. "If that happens we can start to make rotations in the team. Every situation is different – you have to bear in mind how the players feel when they come back.
“This time they’ve had a better trip back and we’ve been able to train. We’ll see how they feel when they get up on Saturday and if there are any hints of jet lag.”
Vilanova also took time out to respond to reports that the club had made a video on Real Madrid’s Pepe while former coach Pepe Guardiola was in charge.
“There are no videos of any players at all. We record all of our games so we can get an overall view, but we don’t make videos of other players -- we’ve never concentrated on one player.
“We would have been better talking about the game [against Real Madrid] after the match, rather than concentrating on a single incident."
He also revealed that Gerard Pique will play no part this weekend while David Villa will slowly come back into the side.
“[Pique] is still not 100% and we’ll not be taking any risks with him. [Villa] knows that he’s just come back from a long lay-off and that he will gradually come back into the team and start to figure.”
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