The view from Spain

Barca reclaim La Liga crown

May 11, 2013
By Dermot Corrigan, Spain Correspondent
There was widespread shock in Barcelona - and further afield - the day Tito Vilanova was announced as successor to his departing friend and former boss Josep Guardiola just over 12 months ago.

Vilanova - then known mostly outside Catalonia as the coach who Jose Mourinho poked in the eye, or maybe Pep's right-hand man who had beaten cancer - was put forward as the ideal person to carry the project forward, to ensure continuity even as Guardiola left.

That seemed to make sense ...

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