Artemio Franchi

Next Game

Fiorentina v Barcelona

Sunday, 02 August 2015, 20:00

Int Champs Cup North America

FedExField

Last Game

Chelsea 2 - 2 Barcelona

Wednesday, 29 July 2015, 01:00

Int Champs Cup North America

No go for Tito

Guillem Balague told Revista that Tito Vilanova will remain as Barcelona head coach - even though the club are not convinced of his managerial abilities.

Last Updated: 01/05/13 at 11:27 Post Comment

Vilanova: going nowhere, says Guillem

Vilanova: going nowhere, says Guillem

Vilanova, who replaced Pep Guardiola as Camp Nou chief last summer, has taken the club to the verge of regaining the La Liga title but they seem destined to bow out of the Champions League at the semi-final stage after a 4-0 first leg defeat to Bayern Munich.

The 44-year-old has spent time away from the dugout this term to undergo cancer treatment and Spanish-football journalist Balague says that has left the Barcelona hierarchy unable to make a full assessment of his qualities.

But he reckons Vilanova, who formerly played as a midfielder with Celta Vigo and Mallorca before managing Barcelona B and assisting Guardiola with the Catalans first team, has faltered at vital times.

"The feeling Barcelona had when they appointed Vilanova to replace Guardiola was that it was a win-win," said Balague, who also revealed that Carlo Ancelotti is the most likely candidate to replace Jose Mourinho should the Portuguese leave his post as Real Madrid manager this summer.

"Vilanova knew the players so it could have worked well and been a perfect transition from Guardiola, but if it worked badly it gave them a year to choose another manager.

"The fact he has been ill has made the decision difficult and while the board are divided between giving him another chance or not, he is going to stay on - but at the crunch times in the big games he has failed to make an impact."

Mismanaged

Athletic Bilbao boss Marcelo Bielsea is likely to depart La Liga this term, though, with Balague stating in his latest skysports.com column that the Basque side's B team coach, Cuco Ziganda, will take the Argentine's job.

Former Chile chief Bielsa propelled Bilbao to both the Europa League and Copa del Rey finals in the 2011/12 season, as well as to a 10th-placed finish in La Liga, but Los Leones have found things tougher this campaign and are perched in the bottom half of the Spanish top flight.

Revista pundit Graham Hunter thinks the 57-year-old has worn out his players, while he also slammed the Bilbao board for their treatment of striker Fernando Llorente, who has been in and out of the starting line-up since he signed a pre-contract agreement with Serie A giants Juventus.

"I think that Bielsa has mismanaged his resources and burned out his players physically and mentally," said Hunter. "He has no grey areas, doesn't step back or alter his way of acting.

"[Aritz] Aduriz has been fantastic up front for Bilbao, but Llorente should not have been treated the way he has by the board.

"They have bullied a tremendous player, and they and the manager have stripped competitiveness out of this squad."

To hear the panel's thoughts on Ancelotti's potential move to Real Madrid and the future of Los Blancos superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, hit this link.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

Y

ou can't blame De Gea for wanting to leave, he has enough to do in front of goal as it is as well as taking on the role of Man Utd's version of Derek Acorah in trying to contact and organise a defence that isn't there.

rodger's gusset
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

I

f you want to take six points off Arsenal, then that's a great strike force. Can't imagine either of them showing much for the rest of the season though...

foot in mouth
Adebayor & Berbatov: You Have To Admire The Balls

L

ooks like Real get their man, most likely at their own valuation, yet again. Resistance is futile.

paul7702
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

Footer 365

Digne agent denies Liverpool talks

Lucas Digne's agent has denied reports he has held talks with Liverpool regarding a move to Anfield for the Paris Saint-Germain left-back.

Mourinho scuppered Reds' Costa move

A new biography has revealed how Jose Mourinho scuppered Liverpool's bid to sign Diego Costa - a year before he arrived in west London.

Ramos 'extends' Real Madrid contract

Manchester United's pursuit of Sergio Ramos is over after the centre-back agreed a new contract extension at Real Madrid.

Mail Box

De Gea Disrespectful? Remember RVP...

We got dozens of mails from people pointing and laughing at Brian D for suggesting David de Gea has acted disrespectfully; we printed some. And there's more...

Getting Tired Of De Gea's Disrespect

One Manchester United fan is growing weary of David de Gea's disrespect. Plus thoughts on Southampton's summer, Balotelli loan, and Depay in the centre. Why?

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company