Barcelona president Sandro Rosell believes that appointing Tito Vilanova as manager in the summer was the right decision.

Vilanova took over from Pep Guardiola, after the Spaniard decided to quit the Catalan giants to take a year-long sabbatical.

The current Barca manager was a former La Masia academy graduate, before switching to a managerial career in 2001 at Barcelona.

Rosell told the club's official website: "We had an inkling [that he would do well] because we knew he played a big part in the decisions made when Guardiola was manager."

Prior to being promoted to first-team manager, Vilanova had begun at the Under 15s level in the club, working with current stars like Gerard Pique, Cesc Fabregas and Lionel Messi.

After managing a few lower league Catalonia clubs, the former midfielder returned to the Camp Nou outfit, working as Guardiola's assistant in the Barca B side, then in the senior side from 2008.

Rosell added: "He's talented, he understands Barca, La Masia, what it means to be a Catalan.

"Those are difficult things to understand if you aren't from here."

So far this season, Barcelona have lost just once in 21 La Liga games, while the Blaugrana are set to face AC Milan in the last 16 of the Champions League and play Real Madrid in the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final tomorrow evening.

 

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