With Tito Vilanova in New York receiving cancer treatment, we have become used to Jordi Roura conducing Barcelona’s play from the sidelines and he has effectively become the face of the current Barcelona side.
Vilanova has been away from his team for a month and is set to be out of action until March, heaping a ton of pressure on a virtual unknown Jordi Roura who appears to have coped admirably with any pressure.
At Granada on Saturday, Spanish Television caught Tito Vilanova phoning in from New York, but tonight at the San Siro you can expect Jordi Roura to be the man the cameras focus on.
Roura, a great friend of Vilanova, came through the ranks at Barcelona under Johan Cruyff at the end of the 1980s and was even competing with Gary Lineker for a place up front in the starting XI.
The key moment in Jordi Roura’s career came in December 1989, at the San Siro, when he started against AC Milan for Barcelona in the European Super Cup.
Roura’s match would only last 9 minutes. A clash with Frank Rijkaard and Marco van Basten saw him tear his meniscus and ligaments and he would never play at a high level again and was forced to retire at 26.
Barcelona have released footage of the incident, see below, and you can imagine it will be a poignant evening for Jordi Roura at the San Siro against AC Milan this evening.