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19.03.2009 12:29

Guardiola opens training to the press

Jesús Carrillo

For the first time since the move to the new sports complex, the Barça coach allowed the press to watch the entire training session. Guardiola had 21 players to work with while the injured players - Puyol, Abidal and Milito – trained separately.

This season, Pep Guardiola has allowed the press to watch the entire training session on just a limited number of occasions, including today.

21 players in the main group

19-03-09_WEB_PUYOL_01.jpgThe session started at 11 am at the Joan Gamper sports complex. Carles Puyol worked with a recovery coach from 10 am while Abidal spent a few minutes on the training ground. Milito, meanwhile, followed his own recovery programme in the gym.

The training session

19-03-09_WEB_ETOO_06.jpgFirst of all, the players warmed up and did some stretching exercises. These were followed by strength and stamina circuits for the outfield players while the goalkeepers worked separately with Juan Carlos Unzué.

From fitness to ball skills

The fitness workout continued but was gradually supplemented by work with the football. The three goalkeepers lined up to provide a target for some shooting practice. The session ended with a series of seven-a-side matches on a reduced size pitch.
Guardiola opens training to the press
The only precedent
The only time that Pep Guardiola has opened the doors to the press at a training session since the definitive move to the sports complex was on 11th February 2009. The international players were away with their national teams and Guardiola decided to organize a joint session with Barça Atlètic. The session was co-directed by Luis Enrique.

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