Mourinho: "It's a sad day; my deepest condolences"
José Mourinho paid tribute to Tito Vilanova on Chelsea's Twitter account. “Tito Vilanova’s passing is a sad day for football."
Chelsea coach José Mourinho offered his condolences to Tito Vilanova’s family immediately after hearing the news of his death, sending a message on Chelsea’s Twitter account: “Tito Vilanova’s passing is a sad day for football, for Barcelona and most importantly for his family and friends. On behalf of everybody at Chelsea Football Club I send my deepest condolences at this most difficult time.”
On Friday morning Mourinho was asked about Tito Vilanova in a press conference but refused to give his opinion. Nevertheless, last year Mourinho said that one of his three wishes for the rest of the season was for “Vilanova to recover from his problem”.
Other managers and football clubs have also paid tribute on Twitter:
Michel (Olympiacos): “Farewell, Tito. The damn cancer left you half way on many things. You've been a great person.”
Pepe Mel: “Goodbye to a great professional, companion and friend. Rest in Peace my friend.”
Antonio Conte: “I’m saddened by the death of Tito Vilanova, a great example of a fighter both in life and on the pitch. We will miss him."
Arsenal: “RIP Tito Vilanova. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and @FCBarcelona.”