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Tributes to Tito Vilanova


Tributes to Tito Vilanova


Tributes continue to flood in for former Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova who on Friday died aged 45 following a long battle with cancer.

Flags have been flying at half mast at the club’s ground the Camp Nou where on Saturday players and staff gathered to pay their respects to their former boss.

Fans in mourning also continue to pay tribute to the Spaniard leaving flowers outside the Catalan club – where he’ll be sorely missed.

Barca President Josep Maria Bartomeu said: “Tito was somebody who was very responsible. Somebody with a lot of energy, so we have to take his energy that he had always, move on, continue, because we have to continue and take care about what we learned from him. And we have to all learn from him and we have to use it for the future of the club.”

Club captain Carles Puyol added: ‘‘It hurts us. We have been fighting for two years with this illness now. He was an example for all of us. He never put his arms down. He fought till the end. It has been a long hard way. He’s been a great example for all of us, it’s a very sad day”

After being Pep Guardiola’s assistant during a trophy-laden four years Vilanova took over the helm in 2012.

But in December that year he was diagnosed with cancer for a second time which eventually forced him to step down at the end of his first season in charge.

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