Posted July 22, 2013 on AP on Fox
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Barcelona captain Carles Puyol says the team is still deeply affected by Tito Vilanova's illness, and is also ready to welcome his replacement in a sign of solidarity with their former coach. Puyol says Vilanova asked the squad to give its utmost for the club because it would be the best way of helping him now, ''and that's what we'll do.'' Puyol says all the names put forward to take over from Vilanova ''are capable of leading the club.'' Those most linked are Gerardo Martino, who led Argentine club Newell's Old Boys last season, and former Barcelona B, Roma and now Celta Vigo coach Luis Enrique. Of a new coach, Puyol says, ''whenever he arrives, we'll back him to the hilt.''
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