Barcelona forwards David Villa, Lionel Messi and Pedro Rodriguez have backed newly appointed manager Tito Vilanova to be a hit at Camp Nou. The 42-year-old is set to take charge of the Blaugrana after Pep Guardiola decided to leave the club and the duo think that Tito will be able to follow in Pep’s footsteps.
The three time Ballon d’Or winner Messi told Sport:
David Villa, who missed out on Spain’s Euro 2012 squad after failing to recover from an injury on time, also has faith in Tito’s abilities. The 29-year-old told AS:
Tito is ready to coach Barca. Guardiola did not make a decision without consulting Tito first.
I gave my all to be at the Euros, but in July a new season starts and everything needs to be better. I could not be part of the squad and risk getting a new injury that would hurt Barca.
Another forward Pedro Rodriguez also added that Tito is the ideal candidate to replace Guardiola. Speaking to Mundo Deportivo, Pedro said: