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Mascherano backs Vilanova to succeed

SoccerNews in La Liga 23 Jun 2012

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Barcelona midfielder Javier Mascherano believes Tito Vilanova will succeed at the helm of the Catalan giants.

While the versatile Argentine admits Pep Guardiola left behind a grand legacy at Barca, Mascherano says Villanova has learned a lot working with the revered head coach.

“I think that obviously the person who’s responsible for this is Guardiola. But, behind Guardiola you have people doing a great job like Tito,” Mascherano said at the World Soccer Masters press conference.

“Now he gets to take over the team and what they’ve done over the past four years keeps going for a longer time.”

Guardiola announced his decision to resign from the La Liga giants after Chelsea’s shock win over the club in the Champions League semi-finals.

Under Guardiola’s guidance, Barcelona won 14 trophies including two Champions League titles during his four years at the club.

Vilanova will have a difficult task of winning over a dressing room that is very loyal to Guardiola but so far the team appears to be unified in their support of Guardiola’s former assistant.

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