Canizares: Vilanova absence is hurting Barcelona players

Former Real Madrid and Valencia goalkeeper Santiago Canizares believes Barcelona are suffering due to the absence of coach Tito Vilanova.

Former Real Madrid and Valencia goalkeeper Santiago Canizares believes Barcelona are suffering due to the absence of coach Tito Vilanova.

Barca are in crisis after consecutive El Clasico defeats and a loss in the Champions League to AC Milan.

"The fact that Tito is not there has logically created great confusion in the team, a great distrust," said Canizares. "Having a coach is a great tool for the players who seek someone to solve the situations in the game.

"That is what that has been lost and what any player would miss.

"In a crisis like this, before they had a coach who they could turn to and now they don't. A lot of damage is being done."

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