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Guardiola: My sadness at losing Tito will accompany me forever

Pep Guardiola says he will never get over the sadness he feels over the death of his former assistant coach at Barcelona, Tito Vilanova.

It was announced on Friday afternoon that Vilanova had passed away at the age of 45, after losing his lengthy battle with cancer.

Just a day later, Guardiola led Bayern Munich to a 5-2 victory over Werder Bremen. The Bayern boss admitted afterwards that he had had trouble concentrating on the game because of the loss of the man with whom he won two Champions Leagues and two Club World Cups.

"It was difficult for me to follow the match today [Saturday]," the 43-year-old confessed. "Tito was more than a friend.

"The sadness I feel will accompany me for the rest of my life. We were young, we wanted to beat the world, and we did."

As for the game itself, Guardiola was reluctant to read too much into what was ultimately a resounding victory ahead of next week's crunch Champions League clash with Real Madrid.

"We won, that's good before our 'final' against Real Madrid," the Catalan confessed. "But that will be a totally different match.

"But I trust my team. I hope we can do it [on Tuesday], together with our fans."

Bayern trails 1-0 after last Wednesday's first-leg meeting with Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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