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30.10.2007 12:19

Getting ready for Valladolid

Berta Brau / Jordi Clos

Today’s training session was tougher than yesterday’s. Abidal was absent, as he has an individual training plan to follow.

After Monday had focussed on recuperation from the 2-0 win against Almería, Tuesday’s session was more focused on Thursday’s trip to Valladolid. Frank Rijkaard put together an intense session at La Masia, although Abidal, who hurt his ankle on Sunday, was missing.

Plenty of ball

WEB_10.jpgAfter the usual warm-up drills, the players practiced control and passing in pairs. They then divided into two groups, the defenders on one side of the pitch, the midfielders and forwards in the other. Both parties worked on combination moves starting from the wings and ending with shots on goal. This part over, Thierry Henry retired to the dressing rooms.

Goals for Giovani and Bojan

WEB_05.jpgThe session ended with a game on a scaled down pitch. The blue bibs were worn by Jorquera, Ezquerro, Giovani, Oleguer, Gudjohnsen, Iniesta, Thuram, Márquez and Bojan, who faced the bib-less Valdés, Sylvinho, Milito, Xavi, Puyol, Ronaldinho, Messi, Zambrotta and Touré Yaya. Youngsters Giovani and Bojan once again demonstrated their goalscoring skills with one each for the blue team.
Getting ready for Valladolid
Abidal in the gym
Apart from the long-term injuries to Eto'o, Deco and Edmílson, the only other player missing today was Eric Abidal, who worked out in the gym as he does all he can to make a quick recovery from the twisted ankle he suffered in the game against Almería on Sunday.

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