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26.04.2009 13:43

A decisive week begins


From this Sunday, the first team squad has begun it’s preparations for the games against Chelsea and Real Madrid, which will be decisive in Barça’s bid for the league title and the Champions League.

After their hard-fought draw against Valencia, Barça have already begun their preparations for their Champions League semi-final first leg tie against Chelsea on Tuesday. Josep Guardiola has programmed three training sessions before this game. The first took place this Sunday morning at the Ciutat Esportiva complex, and the others will be on Monday and on match day in Camp Nou itself.

Maximum focus for Chelsea game

Josep Guardiola has called his players to Camp Nou tomorrow Monday at 18:00. At 20:15 the team will leave the stadium and head for the Hotel La Florida, where they’ll be concentrated.

On match day, they will leave the hotel for a while to train at Camp Nou at 12:00, then return to the hotel till it’s time to leave again for the ground.

No time off

Whatever happens on Tuesday, the players will get no time off as on Wednesday they’ll begin preparations for Saturday’s crucial league game against Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabéu. The squad will train Wednesday through Friday at the the Ciutat Esportiva complex.

Off to Madrid on Saturday

The training session on Wednesday will be at 11:30, then at 11:00 on Thursday and Friday. On Saturday the team will meet at Camp Nou at 10:00 in the morning to start the journey to Madrid, where the show-down will be at 20:00. After such a frenzied week, the team will rest on Sunday.
A decisive week begins
Sunday's training
This Sunday, the squad underwent their usual post-match recuperation session. They met behind closed doors at 12:30 in the Ciutat Esportiva complex, and all players were present except the injured Milito.

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