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18.05.2009 12:44

Countdown to Rome


In order for the first team to get as much rest as possible before the Champions League final, Guardiola has given his players a two-day break. They will not start preparing for the big game on May 27 in Rome until next Wednesday.

As the Barça manager had already announced, the players that did not travel to Mallorca will not be playing any further part in the league programme in order for them to be in the optimum condition to play in the Champions League final on May 27, where newly crowned Premiership champions Manchester United will be waiting for them.

Maximum intensity

Following the game in Mallorca, Josep Guardiola scheduled his next training session for Wednesday at 18.00. There will be training at the same time on Thursday, and then on Friday training will take place in the morning.

Saturday fiesta at the Camp Nou

On Saturday, Barça face Osasuna in their second to last league game. The match at the Camp Nou will double as an opportunity to celebrate the club’s 19th league championship title.

To Rome on Tuesday

On Sunday and Monday, Josep Guardiola’s side will be fully concentrating on getting ready for the high profile clash with Manchester United. They will train twice in Barcelona before flying off to Italy on Tuesday.
Countdown to Rome
Last training
Before playing in the club’s sixth Champions League final, the players will train one past time, this time in the stadium that will be the venue for the biggest game of the European football year, the Olympic Stadium in Rome.

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