Posted March 13, 2013 on AP on Fox
(Eds: With AP Photos.) By JIM LITKE AP Sports Columnist No team copes with as much day-to-day drama as Barcelona. Think of the Yankees during owner George Steinbrenner's salad days in New York, then multiply all that tabloid attention worldwide. No matter how many games Barca wins, or titles it holds, each loss requires a full autopsy. Every run of bad play is turned upside-down and shaken until, like a snow globe, it looks as if the sky is falling. No star shoulders a bigger burden, either, than Lionel Messi, the incomparable Argentine at the heart of what just might be the greatest soccer club ever. Three losses in Barcelona's last five games, including two at the hands of hated rival Real Madrid, had Barca fans wondering whether he and the team were in a funk or whether this was indeed the end of an era (again). Barca's coach, Tito Vilanova, is undergoing treatment for a saliva gland tumor in New York, and Messi conceded the mood at the club was subdued. At a promotional appea...
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