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30.07.2009 05:53

Light training session in LA

David Saura (enviat especial)

The first training session of the American tour consisted of some light exercises and stretching exercises after a long and tiring journey.

Five hours after landing in Los Angeles, the players did their first training session. The fitness coaches were in charge of a series of activities that did not include the ball but focussed on reactivating and bringing back the feeling to their muscles.

Without football boots

2009-07-29_EQUIPO_01_COPIA.jpgThe players arrived for the session in trainers, giving a clear indication that it would be brief. The 35-minute session consisted mainly of stretching exercising and jogging.

Ibrahimovic looks on

Andrés Iniesta spent some of the time working separately with one of the coaches, Emili Ricart.

Ibra_entrenament.jpgMeanwhile, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, dressed in shorts and a T-shirt, watched his new team-mates from the edge of the pitch in the company of Dr Ricard Pruna. He later spent a long time talking with director of football Txiki Begiristain.

Local interest

2009-07-29_GUARDIOLA_01_COPIA.jpgThe training session at UCLA was closed to the general public but there was a large group of local reporters who are following the tour of the reigning European champions. According to the organizers, more than 200 journalists have already registered to cover the game against LA Galaxy.
Light training session in LA
Cheerleaders in the background
A colourful and very American flavour was added to the session by the cries of a group of cheerleaders. On nearby pitches, various groups were taking part in a State competition and their vocal efforts could be heard from where the players were working out.

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