Barcelona fans to support Vilanova with message

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Barcelona supporters will create a mosaic before Saturday's La Liga match against fierce rivals Real Madrid, offering support to the club's former manager Tito Vilanova.

Vilanova was forced to step down as Barcelona's first-team coach at the end of last season after being diagnosed with throat cancer for a third time.

The 45-year-old succeeded Pep Guardiola at the start of the 2012/13 campaign after working as the current Bayern Munich manager's assistant, and lifted the La Liga trophy at the end of his one and only season in charge of the Catalan giants.

And Barcelona's supporters will honour him this weekend by holding up coloured boards to reveal the message ‘Forca Tito!’ as he continues his battle against illness.

It's expected that over 90,000 spectators will be present inside the Camp Nou to watch the first Clasico of the new season.

Barcelona currently lead the way at the top of the La Liga table after securing 25 points from a possible 27. Real Madrid, meanwhile, trail the league leaders by three points.

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