Tito Vilanova departure hard to take, says Barcelona captain Carles Puyol

Vilanova's sudden departure - due to cancer treatment - has left Barca without a coach less than a month before they are due to begin the defence of their Spanish title.

updated: July 22, 2013 16:09 IST
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Madrid: Barcelona captain Carles Puyol has spoken publicly for the first time of his sadness that Tito Vilanova has had to leave his post as coach after just one season due to ill health.

Vilanova's departure was confirmed on Friday when he informed the club that his ongoing treatment for cancer of a saliva gland was no longer compatible with the day-to-day responsibilities of managing the Catalans.

"It was a very hard blow," Puyol told a press conference on Monday.

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