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14.02.2011 12:18

First session focused on Arsenal

Edgar Fornós / Aida Soriano

Josep Guardiola’s team trained this morning in preparation for the first leg of the Champions League last 16 knock-out round. The 2 injured players, Carles Puyol and Jeffren, trained separately from the main group.

Photos: Germán Parga-FCB.
Photos: Germán Parga-FCB.

Next training set for Tuesday
Barça’s next first team training session is at 12.00 on Tuesday, at the Joan Gamper training facility. The session will be open to the media during the first fifteen minutes and will be the last session there prior to the match on Wednesday..

After the session, at 16.00 the team will travel to London. The planned arrival at Luton airport is scheduled for 17.50 (Catalan time). At 19.45 (Catalan time), Josep Guardiola, and a player yet to be confirmed, will appear at a press conference at the Emirates Stadium.
28 players trained today under the guidance of Guardiola at Barcelona’s training facility, 20 from the first team and 8 from the reserves.

18 available first team players train

In Monday’s session, the team began to prepare for the important game on Wednesday (20.45) at Arsenal, the first leg of the second phase of the Champions League. Guardiola worked with all 18 players available from the first team squad, plus 8 from the B team (Armando, Benja, Saul, Tello, Abraham, Muniesa, Ilie and Victor Vazquez).

Puyol and Jeffren on the training pitch
Carles Puyol and Jeffren Suarez, both injured, worked for the first time on the pitch, but they trained separately from the main group, with the recovery coach Juanjo Brau.

Light Rain

Monday’s training, open to the media for the first fifteen minutes, was carried out under a light rain, and began with the usual ball drills.

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