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05.03.2008 12:06

Windy training

Marc Guillén/Anna Segura

FC Barcelona's first team squad reported for training on Wednesday morning and went through the usual warm down routine the day after a game. The session was affected by the strong wind sweeping through the Ciutat Contal.

Frank Rijkaard had his players in a day after they booked their passage to the quarter finals of the Champions League with a second leg victory over Celtic, to add to the win in Glasgow two weeks ago.

Recovery work

050308_entrenament_x6x.jpgThe eleven players that began the game on Tuesday evening were put through a much smoother session then the rest of the players and the work focussed on recovery. Touré Yaya and Deco remained in Camp Nou to use the facilities there, while Carles Puyol, Samuel Eto'o, Xavi, Gianluca Zambrotta, Lilian Thuram and Sylvinho spent the first 20 minutes on the pitch in front of La Masia running and stretching. Immediately afterwards, the players departed for the changing rooms. Thierry Henry, who played over 50 minutes of the game also enjoyed a light training session.

Normal session for the rest

050308_entrenament_x8x.jpgThe rest of the squad began training with a warm up and the usual ball games. Ronaldinho and Víctor Valdés, both of whom started against Celtic, participated in the games, alongside Éric Abidal, Bojan Krkic, Edmílson, Giovani Dos Santos, Eidur Gudjohnsen, Andrés Iniesta and José Manuel Pinto.

Gaby Milito was not present as he continues to recover from the fever that saw him ruled out of the game in midweek. Rafa Márquez, Lionel Messi, Santi Ezquerro, Oleguer Presas and Albert Jorquera were also all missing.

Practice game to finish

After the ball games, Ronaldinho went into change, while the rest of the players carried out physical exercises with the ball that included sprints. To finish the session, the team split into two groups for a practice game on a small pitch.
Windy training

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A day off
After the recovery session on Wednesday, the Barça first team have been given Thursday off and will return to training on Friday to begin preparation for the game against Villarreal on Sunday (21:00).

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