The Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova has revealed that he will be resting on number of key players like Victor Valdes for the match against Cordoba. Barcelona will be taking on the second division club from Spain in the Copa del Rey looking to progress to the next round of the competition.
There have been doubts that Barcelona will find it difficult to achieve the necessary motivation to win this match. The manager Tito Vilanova has admitted that motivating the players is extremely important when facing the top clubs, but they should not take the opposition lightly because it is an opportunity to win a title.
Vilanova has said that he has spoken with the players and their feeling extremely ready for the match. However, he will certainly have been excited by the prospect of playing against a top division team rather than a second division outfit. Due to the fact that Barcelona will be playing against the second placed team in the la Liga – Atletico Madrid – during the weekend, he will be resting a number of key players like Victor Valdes and Andreas Iniesta for this match. Vilanova recently saw the Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi break the goal scoring record of the German striker Gerd Muller. He praised the achievements of the Argentine by saying that he is the best player in the world.
"I would say that it is increasingly difficult and that it is a complicated tie. I would rather play against a top team. They are not just words, it is how I feel about the match, and I would have preferred to play a Primera Liga team. Cordoba eliminated Real Sociedad and played good football. I am fortunate that my players love to play football. I have asked them and they are all ready," said the Barcelona manager.