Soccer

Tito takes dig at Mourinho

2013-01-15 20:36
Tito Vilanova (AFP)

Madrid - Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova made a tacit dig on Tuesday at his Real Madrid counterpart Jose Mourinho by claiming that if Barca were 18 points behind their fierce rivals as Real are, he himself would be out of a job.

"If the situation was the reverse, I would not be here to answer that question," said Vilanova, whose side is flying high at the top of the Spanish league, unbeaten with 18 wins and a draw.

At the mid-point of the season, title-holders Real are 18 points behind Barca in third place and riven by reports of dressing-room squabbles that have raised speculation about Mourinho's future at the club.

Atletico Madrid are in second place, 11 points behind Barcelona who have made their best ever start to a league season.

Vilanova promptly toned down his stance later in Tuesday's news conference, however, acknowledging that the league was not over yet.

"Real Madrid are capable of winning all the return games and we may lose those points. It is not as though there are just four matches left," he added.

"What's more, the Champions League and the (Spanish) Cup games we are going to play tire you out a lot."

Barcelona host Malaga on Wednesday in the first leg of the quarter finals in the domestic King's Cup.

NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 

Five wrapping hacks you have to know before Christmas

Five gift wrapping hacks that will save Christmas for you!

 
 

I love summer.24

Sexiest Instagrams of 2014
Joburg hot spots for cocktails, craft beer, tapas and wine!
Summer Survey!
Great ideas for the best summer sandwiches!
 
 
/Sport
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

Got something you'd like to get off your chest? Got a burning desire to air an opinion? If so, be sure to sign-up on Sport24's FORUM!

Latest blogs
Vote

Bafana Bafana have qualified but how far will they go at AFCON 2015?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.