Bayern Munich manager, Pep Guardiola was void of all emotion as his side beat Bundesliga side, Werder Bremen 5-2 on Saturday afternoon and the former Barcelona manager admitted that following the death of his closest friend Tito Vilanova, he will carry the saddness with him for the rest of his life.
Tito Vilanova and Guardiola were the architects of Barcelona’s incredible run from 2008-2012, winning the treble in 2009 and following Guardiola’s departure from the club in 2012, Vilanova took over as first team coach and led the team to 100 points while beginning what would be his two-year battle with throat cancer, the disease that finally took his life on Friday afternoon.
In his post-match press conference, Guardiola spoke about his long-time friend and partner and what they accomplished.
“His father Joaquim, his mother, Maria Rosa. his wife Montse, daughter Carlota and son Adria…I want to express to all of his family my deepest condolences from my parents, my family, my brothers. Were very young. We wanted to eat the world and ate it. All I can say is that this sadness will accompany us throughout our lives. It was a life experience to share so many years with him, both professionally and in friendship. We knew each other since we were 12, 13 years old. He helped me a lot. I’m here in Munich because of our work together, we learned a lot together. We’ve been through a lot together, we won together, we lost together, it’s a difficult situation for the whole family. My deepest condolences to them.”