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23.10.2008 12:57

Straight back to training

Vanessa Forns

FC Barcelona enjoyed a training session immediately after flying back from Switzerland on Thursday morning after they, unusually, stayed in Basel after the Champions League instead of returning straight after the game.

web_llegada_02.jpgAfter recording an emphatic 0-5 win, the Blaugrana stayed in Basel for a night due to the fact that the airport in the Swiss city closed at 23:00. The team spent the night in a hotel and then on Thursday jetted back to la Ciutat Contal at 09:15 and arrived in time to participate in a previously scheduled training session behind closed doors.

No break

valdesarribada.jpgThrough a cloudy sky, the squad flew back to Barcelona and arrived in Barcelona just before the scheduled time of midday. The players quickly disembarked and headed towards Camp Nou where they quickly changed back into training kit and took to the pitch for a warm-down session that coach Pep Guardiola had planned for 18:00.

Thinking about the league

web_llegada_01.jpgThe first team had to quickly change their mindset from the Champions League to now begin to focus on la Primera and the next game against Almería on Saturday in Camp Nou. With only three days to go before the encounter, there would be no time for a break and preparations began immediately.

Behind closed doors

With the in mind, the training session began on Thursday with one eye on the next match as the players took to the pitch in front of La Masia. It was the first of three sessions that Guardiola has organised before the match. Training will also take place on Friday and then, as usual, on the morning of the day of the game at 11:00.
Straight back to training
First time stay
This is the first time since Pep Guardiola has been in charge of the FC Barcelona first team that Barcelona have returned to the Catalan capital the day after a game. The previous time that the team stayed over night was last term, also in the Champions League, when Frank Rijkaard was in charge for the game in Germany against Schalke 04.

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