Song grateful for Vilanova support

New Barcelona signing Alex Song has thanked coach Tito Vilanova for his support after making his La Liga debut in Sunday's 1-0 win over Valencia.

Football News: Alex Song, Barcelona

By ESPNSTAR.com staff

Song joined Barca from Barclays Premier League side Arsenal last month and made his debut against Real Madrid in the Spanish Supercopa.

And having now made his first start for the club at the weekend, which ended in victory thanks to an Adriano strike, the Cameroon international was effusive in his praise of his new coach, whom he reveals made clear what was expected of him against Los Che.

"The coach spoke with me ahead of the game and explained what he expected of me," Song told Sport.

"That really helped me calm down a bit and gave me a lot of confidence. My team-mates also talked to me a lot and that was very helpful.

"I know it's important at Barcelona to pass the ball directly. But strangely enough, sometimes it's even easier to drive the ball forward and keep possession."

Barca are next in action on September 15 when they visit Getafe in the league.



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