Vilanova: There Will Be Time For Barcelona To Think About Chelsea

After qualifying for the semi-final of the Champions League, Barca's assistant coach revealed that the team's thoughts would be purely on their league clash this weekend...

Tito Vilanova stated that Chelsea will be an attacking force for Barcelona to reckon with in the last four of the Champions League.

The Blaugrana assistant coach was in charge for the game against Bayern Munich after Josep Guardiola was dismissed during the first leg, but the head coach still managed to tell the team what they had to do.

Barca's progress to the semi-finals has been impressive, as they started out by having to make it into the group stage after finishing third in the league last term.

"We started off in the qualifying round and now we are one of the four best," Vilanova told reporters after the game.

"Now there will plenty of time to think about the semi-finals, but now we have to focus on the game against Getafe because we want to maintain our lead at the top of the table."

After drawing 1-1 in the second leg in Germany to win the quarter-final 5-1 on aggregate, Barcelona now face Chelsea and Vilanova hinted that they are relieved not to be facing Liverpool.

"Liverpool are maybe a more organised side, but Chelsea are good going forward and are very strong in attack," he continued.

"But we are still in three competitions and playing every three days and that could effect what happens.

"It will not be easy, but if the players are all fine physically it will be much easier to win at least one trophy."

While Guardiola had to watch the game up in the stands, he sent goalkeeping coach Juan Carlos Unzue down to tell the team what he wanted to see happen.

"Guardiola did all the preparations. In this type of stadium communicating with the players is complicated enough," Vilanova stated.

"But Juan Carlos Unzue watched the first half next to Guardiola and came down at half-time to pass on what the coach was thinking."

Bayern were expected to try and peck away at the four-goal deficit, but Vilanova revealed that Barcelona had a plan in place to reduce the number of chances the hosts would have.

"We wanted to stop them by keeping possession of the ball. We also sought to not give away too many free kicks or allow them to put balls in the air into our area," he added.

Lucas Brown,