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26.07.2009 17:25

Positive conclusions from first pre-season tour

Roger Bogunyà

Barca finished their mini tour of England on Sunday which has helped get them back into shape for the coming season with six days of training and a couple of games at eh famous Wembley Stadium.

Pep Guardiola’s squad can look back on their time in England with satisfaction after their intensive training sessions and games ended with no significant injuries, a win and a draw and a positive image from the games played.

Fitness and tactics

2009-07-23_EQUIPO_01.jpgBisham Abbey hosted six training sessions, mainly aimed at building up the players’ fitness, but also including a number of tactical sessions, particularly this last weekend as Guardiola concentrated on dead ball situation defending.

Youngsters outshine Tottenham

BARCELONA-TOTTENHAM_04.jpgThe games also gave Barca a positive vibe. Against Spurs Guardiola used 22 players, 15 of whom had come up through the youth teams, and the team showed their superiority over a nearly full strength Tottenham team. Bojan bagged his first of the season and Henrique made his debut.

Home grown talent on target

BARCELONA_20.jpgThe home grown players were even more on show in the second game with 16 in all playing. Key players such as Messi and Valdes also made their first appearance of the season and Barca again gave a good impression, dominating throughout the game with Bojan again on target, together with youngsters Rueda, Jeffren and Pedro.
Positive conclusions from first pre-season tour
Minutes played
Jorquera 90
Dalmau 90
Montoya 90
Abidal 90
Espasandín 90
Cáceres 90
Muniesa 90
Fontàs 90
Henrique 90
Touré Yaya 90
Keita 90
V. Sánchez 90
Rueda 90
Gudjohnsen 90
Jonathan 90
Jeffren 90
Pedro 90
Gai 90
Bojan 90
Rochina 90
Pinto 45
Edu Oriol 45
Messi 45
Valdés 45

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