Barcelona coach Vilanova explains Messi absence

Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova defended the absence of Lionel Messi for their home humiliation by Bayern Munich.

Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova defended the absence of Lionel Messi for their home humiliation by Bayern Munich.

Bayern thumped Barca 3-0 at the Nou Camp to reach the Champions League final 7-0 on aggregate.

“Leo played against Athletic because he was feeling good but at the end of the match he noticed a strange feeling in his leg. There’s no injury but after so many days of not training it can feel uncomfortable for a player and he could have picked up an injury if he had played.” He added: “when you have such a good player like Leo it’s normal for it to be noticeable when he doesn’t play,” said Vilanova.

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