Column: For Barcelona and Lionel Messi, sick leave for coach shouldn't be a recipe for trouble

  • by: JOHN LEICESTER , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 20, 2012 - 12:14 PM

Even if Lionel Messi and his Barcelona teammates had no coach to guide them, you would think long and hard about betting against perhaps the greatest collection of players assembled by one club. Their success is built on foundations so solid it has seemingly become self-perpetuating, almost capable of taking care of itself.

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