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Guardiola mourns Vilanova passing

26 April 2014 20:55

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola said the pain of losing his friend Tito Vilanova to cancer will stay with him for the rest of his life.

Vilanova, who was Guardiola's assistant at Barcelona, passed away on Friday after losing his long-running battle with throat cancer.

Guardiola was visibly emotional during his side's 5-2 Bundesliga win over Werder Bremen on Saturday and spoke of his deep sadness at the passing of the 45-year-old former Barca coach.

Speaking after the game, Guardiola told reporters: "Tito was more than a friend. It was difficult to focus on the game today.

"I want to send my condolences to his father, Joaquim, his mother, Maria Rosa, his wife Montse, her daughter Carlota and his son Adrian.

"The condolences come from my parents, my family and my brothers as well.

"We were very young, we both wanted to conquer the world and we both did it. I can only say that the sorrow that I feel will stay with me all my life. It will be impossible for it to go away."

Vilanova led the club to the Liga title last season, though his tenure was heavily interrupted by his illness.

He was diagnosed with throat cancer for the second time in December 2012 and left Camp Nou after just a season in charge to undergo treatment.

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Info

Competition
Bundesliga
Date
26 April 2014
Game week
32
Kick-off
15:30
Half-time
1 - 2
Full-time
5 - 2
Venue
Allianz-Arena (München)
Attendance
71000

Goals

0 - 1
10' T. Gebre Selassie
 (assist by C. Makiadi)
F. Ribéry 20'
(assist by C. Pizarro) 
1 - 1
1 - 2
36' A. Hunt
 (assist by F. Di Santo)
C. Pizarro 53'
(assist by T. Müller) 
2 - 2
C. Pizarro 57'
(assist by D. Alaba) 
3 - 2
B. Schweinsteiger 61'
(assist by P. Lahm) 
4 - 2
A. Robben 74'  
5 - 2

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1
17
27
4
31 61'
7 20'
8
19
23
14 53' 57'
25 38'
Coach: Guardiola

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
21
10 74'
26
9
32
39
# Player Bookings
17
11
18
1
5
24
25

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