Pep Guardiola and Tito Vilanova / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUÍZ - FCB

After Bayern Munich’s victory over Weder Bremen (5-2), Pep Guardiola held a press conference in which he remembered his friend Tito Vilanova: “I want to express my condolences on behalf of my family to his father, Joaquín, his mother, María Rosa, to Montse, his wife, and to his children, Carlota and Adrià.”

Guardiola, who had Vilanova as his assistant for five years at FC Barcelona (one year with the reserve team and four with the first team), talked about his long relationship with the late manager that started when they were both children at La Masia: “We were very young, we wanted to conquer the world and that’s what we did. The profound sadness that I have will accompany for the rest of my life, forever.”

Bayern mourn the loss of Vilanova

Many clubs and personalities from the world of sport have expressed their sorrow for the death of the ex Barça manager. One of the clubs to offer up their condolences is Bayern Munich. The German club posted a message, in Catalan and German, on their website penned by director general, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge: “Bayern Munich received the news of Tito Vilanova’s death with dismay and deep sorrow. We had the opportunity to know FC Barcelona’s ex manager during Barça’s visit to Munich last year, we knew him and we we appreciated him as a great manager and a marvelous human being. Tito Vilanova was especially close to Pep Guardiola and his coaching staff.” The players of the German team played their match this weekend with a black armband, and before kick off a minute of silence was observed.