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Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola whipped up a media storm in Spain on Friday by accusing his former bosses at Barcelona of trying to use coach Tito Vilanova’s cancer illness to criticise him.
The 42-year-old, who took a year off in New York before joining the German side, exposed a deep rift between him and Barca president Sandro Rosell’s management team.
“This year there have been too many things that crossed the line,” said Guardiola on Thursday.
“But using Tito’s illness to damage me is something I will never forget,” he said in Catalan, denying he had failed to see Vilanova while he was treated in New York for salivary gland cancer.”