Vilanova: No rift between Messi and Villa

Ian Hudson
Vilanova leaves intensive care after surgery

Barcelona boss Tito Vilanova has denied reports that there is a rift between duo Lionel Messi and David Villa.

The pair were involved in a heated argument during the Blaugrana's 1-2 loss to Celtic in midweek, and many suggested that the relationship between the players is damaged beyond repair.

Vilanova, however, accused the media of exaggerating and turning something normal for every team into a big drama.

"I know there are people who search and dig things up. Carry on and you'll probably stumble upon something," the coach said sarcastically at a press conference.

"What I know is that their relationship I see everyday between them is normal. They get on well, they do not need to show it in public. Things happen on the pitch in all teams."

Vilanova then took time to discuss the team's defeat at the hands of Celtic, and revealed that his team will be reluctant to change its game philosophy.

"Celtic are not the first team to beat us using the method they did. Occasionally, it can work for opposing teams but you have to remember that 90 percent of the time we have won those games."

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