Vilanova: We could make a video of all Pepe's fouls against us

Barcelona boss Tito Vilanova has hit out at Real Madrid defender Pepe in the wake of Sunday’s 2-2 draw at Camp Nou.

The  Portugal international accused the Catalans of diving in this weekend’s Clasico, but Vilanova was quick to point out that the defender made enough fouls to fill an entire video.

“And if Pepe has said that we were theatrical then and all I can say is that you could make a film of all the kicks Pepe gave us tonight,” Vilanova stated at the post-match press conference.

The Barca coach then went on to voice his dismay with Jose Mourinho’s criticism of the referee, and stressed that the Madrid coach should also look at the decisions that went in his side’s favour.

“After all this talk about not mentioning referees, Mourinho has then gone and spoken about it. So I say to him, if we want to talk about referees, let’s talk about every decision, not just the ones that interest him.

“There was a foul on [Andres] Iniesta in the lead up to their second goal.

“Mourinho told me it was a great game and I would say the same. We have a good relationship with each other, now we always greet each other. When I was the assistant coach he didn’t greet me.”

Vilanova explained that he opted to start Adriano in defence as he deemed it necessary to play with quick defenders. Before the game many thought Alex Song would start the match, but after the final whistle the Blaugrana boss revealed why he decided against this.

“Song knows the concepts, but still takes time to execute them. I preferred Adriano because he’s faster, we needed that against Madrid,” the 44-year-old said.

“Congratulations to the defence, to [Martin] Montoya, Adriano, it’s not easy to play in such a game in a defence without several starters,” Vilanova said.

“Our four defenders who would be starters – Alves, Pique, Puyol, Abidal – weren’t there. I’m very satisfied with how the others did.”

On [Dani] Alves’ injury, he said: “Alves won’t be able to play with Brazil this week. He’ll be out for some days, although it doesn’t look really bad.”

Javier Mascherano also commented after the game on the decision to play Adriano alongside him in defence.

“Adriano as a centre-back was kept secret. We had been training with that line-up the whole week,” the former Liverpool player said.

Adriano himself also remarked on Vilanova’s decision to play him in an unfamiliar role: “People didn’t expect me to play centre-back.

“I thank the coach for believing in me.”

Xavi, who was appearing in his 35th Clasico match this evening, told reporters that he believed his side controlled the game when they were in possession, but suffered when they did not have the ball.

“When we had the ball, we dominated, without the ball we suffer. We were stronger at the end. Both could have won, great game,” said the 32-year-old.

On the result, he added: “Looking at the ranking, this result might be better for us, but you still have a bitter taste because we could have won.

“We missed a chance to get a lead of 11 points on Madrid, but before the season we would have been delighted to be eight points ahead at this stage.”

Sergio Busquets, when asked by Canal+ about the sportsmanship on show compared with Clasico meetings in recent seasons said: “We always try to be sporting. What happened in the past is not good for anyone, and everyone knows that.”

Ronaldo sprains his shoulder in draw at Barcelona

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo may be set for time on the sidelines after spraining his shoulder in his side’s 2-2 draw with Barcelona on Sunday night.

The former Manchester United man was in fine form bagging a double to ensure his team did not leave the Camp Nou empty-handed. But the night ended in disappointment for the 27-year-old after picking up an injury.

Early in the second half, Ronaldo fell to the ground and was visibly left in pain but the Portuguese star did finish the match though tests after the game revealed the injury.

The extent of the damage to his shoulder is not yet known with further scans expected.

The Portugal captain may now miss his national team’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Russia and Northern Ireland on October 12 and 16, respectively.

The result was not unjust but Real Madrid did deserve more, insists Butragueno

Former Real Madrid player Emilio Butragueno expressed his disappointment following Sunday night’s El Clasico as he believes Jose Mourinho’s men deserved more.

In the widely anticipated clash between Spain’s two giants, both sides were left to share the spoils after Cristiano Ronaldo strike levelled matters following a double from Lionel Messi that had put the Catalans in the lead.

Butragueno felt that his former side were vastly superior in the opening period and they should have been in the lead at the break.

“We are not satisfied because we were better, there were clear occasions to score, but today they did not materialise into goals. Barcelona, however, did recover and the second half was more even,” Butrageueno was quoted by AS.

“The result was not unjust, but undeserved. We were better in the first 30 minutes, we had the chances and we were playing well. The 1-1 result at half-time did not reflect the game properly.”

The legendary striker then reserved special praise for Ronaldo – the star on the night for the visitors with two goals – while he was also impressed by Mesut Ozil who was reinstalled into the starting team for Kaka.

He added: “Cristiano was very impressive and his goals were fantastic. And the pass by Ozil for the second one was superb. He returned to the side and did well.”

Butragueno also talked about Messi’s second goal which he believes Iker Casillas could do little about in preventing while claiming Pepe was at fault for Barca’s equaliser.

“For Iker Casillas, it was very hard for him to do anything about Messi’s second goal,” he continued.

“The ball was going outside the goal before swerving back in. He did not see the ball until it passed over the wall, so very difficult for him.

“Pepe was at fault for the first goal. But, these things happen.”

I chose Adriano over Song because he's faster, says Vilanova

Barcelona boss Tito Vilanova said he opted to start Adriano in defence as he deemed it necessary to play with quick defenders following his side’s 2-2 draw with Real Madrid.

The Brazilian, normally deployed as a left-back by Tito Vilanova, was a surprise inclusion alongside Javier Mascherano in defence, as the Catalan side secured a hard-fought point to maintain their eight-point lead over their rivals.

Before the game many thought Alex Song would start the match, but after the final whistle Vilanova explained why he decided against this.

“Song knows the concepts, but still takes time to execute them. I preferred Adriano because he’s faster, we needed that against Madrid,” the 44-year-old told reporters.

He went on to congratulate his defence – particularly Adriano and Martin Montoya – the latter of whom replaced the injured Dani Alves early on in the match. Barcelona were also without the injured trio of Gerard Pique, Carlos Puyol and Eric Abidal on Sunday night.

“Congratulations to the defence, to Montoya, Adriano, it’s not easy to play in such a game in a defence without several starters,” Vilanova said.

“Our four defenders who would be starters – Alves, Pique, Puyol, Abidal – weren’t there. I’m very satisfied with how the others did.”

On Alves’ injury, he said: “Alves won’t be able to play with Brazil this week. He’ll be out for some days, although it doesn’t look really bad.”

Vilanova also mentioned that Marc Bartra will play for the club this campaign but that tonight was too big an occasion for the youngster.

He added: “Bartra will have playing time but this wasn’t a game to test him.”

Javier Mascherano also commented after the game on the decision to play Adriano alongside him in defence.

“Adriano as a centre-back was kept secret. We had been training with that line-up the whole week,” the former Liverpool player said after the game.

Adriano himself also remarked on Vilanova’s decision to play him in an unfamiliar role: “People didn’t expect me to play centre-back.

“I thank the coach for believing in me.”

Xavi, who was appearing in his 35th Clasico match this evening, told reporters that he believed his side controlled the game when they were in possession, but suffered when they did not have the ball.

“When we had the ball, we dominated, without the ball we suffer. We were stronger at the end. Both could have won, great game,” said the 32-year-old.

On the result, he added: “Looking at the ranking, this result might be better for us, but you still have a bitter taste because we could have won.

“We missed a chance to get a lead of 11 points on Madrid, but before the season we would have been delighted to be eight points ahead at this stage.”

Sergio Busquets, when asked by Canal+ about the sportsmanship on show compared with Clasico meetings in recent seasons said: “We always try to be sporting. What happened in the past is not good for anyone, and everyone knows that.”

'Messi and Ronaldo are from another planet' – Mourinho

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho lauded Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo after the pair netted twice in Los Blancos’ 2-2 draw with Barcelona in a riveting Clasico encounter.

The Portuguese coach was positive about his side’s performance despite failing to close the gap on their fiercest rivals and admitted he enjoyed the match – especially the talismanic pair’s displays.

“Messi and Ronaldo are from another planet. I want my player to win, but they are both fantastic,” enthused Mourinho.

“As a coach, I’ve enjoyed the game. It was a great match and the result wasn’t decided until the final moment. Everyone has enjoyed the game too.”

Mourinho also reserved special words of praise for the performance of Mesut Ozil, telling reporters: “Ozil provided us with quality and had a great match.”

The result sees Barcelona remain on top of the Liga table with a lead of three points, while maintaining their eight point gap over fifth place Madrid after seven games.