Barcelona gave their coach, Tito Vilanova, the perfect tonic to aid his recovery yesterdayn with an easy 3-1 victory away against Valladolid. Vilanova underwent surgery to remove a cancerous tumour last week and so Jordi Roura was stand in coach for the game, and until Vilanova can take charge again. The operation went well and he is already out of hospital, but his players were obviously keen on giving him a further boost before the short winter break.
Valladolid almost managed to resist until half time, but Messi dropped deep and played a ball out to Jordi Alba who centred for Xavi to open the scoring. Messi then produced a bit of magic after a pass by Xavi to double the lead on the hour. Barca had a small scare when Javi Guerra scored in the last minute, but Tello made sure of the points two minutes later.
Messi’s goal was his 26th in the Primera Liga this season, and his 91st in 2012. It was a great boost for Barca that Tello got a confidence boosting goal after signing his new contract. an extra bonus for Vilanova was that Real Madrid lost again to Malaga and are a massive 16 points behind us. See the highlights below.