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Roura backs Messi to bounce back

March 1, 2013
By Dermot Corrigan, Spain Correspondent
Barcelona stand-in coach Jordi Roura admits Lionel Messi has been affected by his recent poor performances, but backed him to bounce back in Saturday's La Liga meeting with Real Madrid at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

Two crushing defeats in a week - at AC Milan in the Champions League and then Madrid at home in the Copa del Rey - seem to have derailed Barca's season, while the absence of head coach Tito Vilanova, recovering from cancer treatment, is now being felt more than ever.
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