Vilanova disappointed in Guardiola

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Barcelona head coach Tito Vilanova has denied
Pep Guardiola’s claims the Catalan club’s
chiefs used his illness against the former boss.
Guardiola, now in charge at Bayern Munich,
claimed recently that powerbrokers at the La
Liga champions used Vilanova’s battle with
cancer to ‘damage’ him.
But Vilanova has rebuffed Guardiola’s
argument, stating the club only had good
intentions during his leave of absence to get
treatment.
“I don’t think anyone from the board of
directors used my illness to attack him and
both my family and I are very pleased with
the club’s attitude towards me,” Vilanova said
on Tuesday.
“They’ve made things easy for us, they’ve
tried to help us as much as they can.”
Guardiola was living in New York when
Vilanova was there for treatment and the
latter was saddened that his former boss did
not make the effort to visit him.
“I’ve had this feeling with all the people who
are working for the club, both staff and
players, have cared about me,” Vilanova said.
“My friends have cared about me. Some
people have even taken a flight to visit me in
New York.
“About Pep, I don’t like to talk about personal
issues but I only saw him during a two-day
visit that I made.
“Later on, when I went into surgery and I was
under treatment, we didn’t see each other,
and it wasn’t my fault.
“He’s my friend and I needed him then.
“Maybe he thought he didn’t have to be at
my side.
“He acted this way, I would have acted
differently.”
Barcelona president Sandro Rosell backed
Vilanova’s view of events.
“We were very surprised by his (Guardiola’s)
comments. What he said about the board of
directors and about Tito is completely false,”
Rosell told 8TV.
“In the press archives you will see how the
club has treated him, the best coach in the
history of the club.”

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