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14.06.2007 13:33

Thursday training in the Miniestadi

Sandra Sarmiento/Marc Guillén

The players looked sharp and highly motivated in Thursday’s training session ahead of Sunday’s championship decider against Gimnàstic Tarragona.

The 19 available players appeared on the pitch of the Miniestadi at 10.30 am in front of about 150 enthusiastic fans. The session followed the usual routine of warm-up exercises followed by practice in pairs of long passes.

Training matches

14-06-07_WEB_13.jpgThe session finished with two training matches of some 20 minutes each, the first one in the middle of the pitch and the second on a three-quarter length pitch. The players threw themselves into both matches with evident commitment.

Rijkaard divided his squad into two teams of ten players. With the yellow shirts - Valdés, Márquez, Belletti, Oleguer, Gio, Xavi, Ezquerro, Saviola, Giuly and Eto’o; with the blue shirt - Jorquera, Zambrotta, Thuram, Puyol, Sylvinho, Motta, Iniesta, Ronaldinho, Messi and fitness coach Albert Roca.

VIP guest

The session was notable for the presence of the basketball player Kobe Bryant who did not want to miss out on the chance of seeing Rijkaard's men train. Also, the Barça squad had a visit from the Spanish national hockey side.

Thursday training in the Miniestadi
Deco absent
Deco was excused training in the morning for personal reasons and will train this afternoon. Also missing were Edmílson (right knee), who worked out in the gym, and Gudjohnsen (left knee cartilage).

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