Welcome home, Tito
It’s difficult to understate just how important Tito Vilanova is to Barça. From his irreplaceable position as Pep Guardiola’s assistant, forming ideas and helping tiki-taka evolve, to his unbelievable record in his first season as Barcelona manager, the man has been a silent staple of the club’s success year after year. So when Tito was diagnosed with cancer and forced to go to New York to combat it in January, the team lost its unsung leader. Clásicos were lost and doubt filled Catalunya after a defeat to AC Milan.
Now, nearly four months after entering the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center where he received radiotherapy and chemotherapy for throat cancer, Tito Vilanova returns to Barça. The Champions League awaits. The La Liga title awaits. The man behind the scenes in back. It’s time to step foot in the Camp Nou, Tito, and we’re delighted to see you again. [Posted by Eric. GIF by Dale con Comba.]