Lionel Messi believes Barcelona suffered because of Tito Vilanova’s absence
Lionel Messi believes Barcelona could have done better this season had it not been for Tito Vilanova’s unfortunate illness. Lionel Messi reckons the Blaugrana could have recorded better form and play had the boss of Nou Camp been healthy enough to be with the team.
Nonetheless, Lionel Messi is happy to end the La Liga season on a high note. Pep Guardiola’s shocking departure from Barcelona left the occupants of Nou Camp shocked. Tito Vilanova arrived at the helm to calm down the fears of Barcelona’s fall, which consequently did happen because of his untimely illness.
In an interview to a Mexican channel TV Azteca, Lionel Messi admitted he was happy at Barcelona and satisfied to have finished with a La Liga title.
“It gave me a lot of joy,” Lionel Messi said. “La Liga is very important, with Real Madrid, one of the best teams in the world. The truth is it was not very easy as we were coming from a change, with Guardiola's goodbye.
“When Tito came we felt well, because practically nothing changed. But when he left we noticed the change, not because Roura or the people who stayed could not do it, but because we were missing our head coach, the one who talked to us from the first day... It was not the same. The season is very long and to finish it celebrating is very nice.”
In the absence of Pep Guardiola and Tito Vilanova, Barcelona had to face their worst defeat in ages a 7-0 drubbing on aggregate at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-final.
Lionel Messi admitted that the result showed their opponents had learnt to play against Barcelona’s unique style of play, but it did not mean Barcelona’s dominance in the world of football had been broken.
“You cannot always win,” Lionel Messi added. “For years we have been playing the same way and coaches and opponents study you. But we cannot go crazy just for what happened this year. We cannot change Barcelona's style because it is what has always characterised us. We must be relaxed and think already about next year.”