Vilanova: I want two defenders

Newly appointed Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova announced that he wants two defenders to strengthen the Catalan giants.

The former Barca ‘keeper has replaced close friend Pep Guardiola on a two year contract and is promoted from assistant at the Nou Camp.

“We want to reinforce the squad at the back. It’s a position we have had problems with,” a calm and confident Vilanova told a packed news conference.

“At the moment, we are interested in a left back and a centre back. We don’t have any plans to bring in any one up front.

“Last year David Villa, Alexis Sanchez and Pedro all suffered injuries but we hope next year they’ll be ok. Also we can count on Isaac Cuenca and Cristian Tello.”

Captain Carles Puyol and Eric Abidal are in the twilight of their career, and Vilanova has highlighted defence as an area that requires strengthening.

The 42-year-old has big shoes to fill as Guardiola enjoyed huge success at the helm of the Catalan club. However last season was a disappointment in comparison, as they only won the Copa Del Rey.

“They don’t worry me, the comparisons with Guardiola. I have come here to do my work,” Vilanova said.

“Pep and I were very close. Pep was the communicator of the message, but he shared the decision-making with me 50-50 and sought my opinion. Most of the time we were in complete agreement.

“I am not going to try and change things just to differentiate myself. That doesn’t make any sense.”

Vilanova needed surgery on a tumour in his saliva glands during last season, and said the experience had left him with a different perspective on life.

“I had an important operation a few months ago,” he said. “I spoke with the medics and my family about the job, but they all said I was perfectly okay and there was no problem.

“Having overcome this operation it gives me a different view on life. Perhaps, after what has happened, training Barca will be like kids play.”

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