Vilanova: I never felt like an assistant coach at Barcelona

The Barca trainer has revealed how closely he worked alongside his predecessor on the bench, and is now hoping to retain the success the team have enjoyed in recent years
Tito Vilanova has revealed that Pep Guardiola never made him feel like he was just an assistant when the two worked together at Barcelona.

Guardiola stepped down as Barca coach at the end of last season after he opted not to renew his contract, and Vilanova was chosen as his successor.

Now, the new Blaugrana trainer is hoping that he can carry on the work done by his former boss.

"With Pep, when it came to football, we agreed 99.9 per cent of the time. I never felt like an assistant coach, because I participated in everything," Vilanova stated to reporters.

"I’ve coached the team before from the bench, but this time it's different. Previously, Pep would always be in the stands.

"Now we have another team and we’ll try to make sure it works just as well."

The Barca coach then went on to discuss Marc Muniesa's injury, which was sustained during Tuesday's friendly against Hamburg.

"It’s terrible news," Vilanova bemoaned. "This was what we wanted to avoid in these pre-season matches. It’s a shame, because he was playing very well, he was on form.

"Now we have to try and encourage him. He’s been through a similar situation and that will help him. It’s always difficult when a player is seriously injured."

Muniesa appeared to be on his way to Ajax on a one-year loan deal, but the move is likely to fall through following the centre-back's knee injury.