Pep Guardiola is taking all of the fit first team players he has to London for the first leg of the Champions League encounter with Arsenal. Thiago is also picked, but Puyol and Jeffren are out through injury.
The players in the FC Barcelona party for the game with Arsenal are: Valdés, Pinto, Adriano, Alves,
Piqué, Maxwell, Milito, Abidal, Sergio Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta, Keita, Messi, Bojan, Afellay,
Pedro, Villa, Mascherano and Thiago.
In an unusual move, although the game is in
decided that the pre-game training session would take place at home,
with the first quarter of an hour open to the media. So on Tuesday the first team trained as usual
on pitch number one at the
All 18 of the available first team players were present, while the injured Carles
Suárez were elsewhere as they continue their recovery programmes.
Thiago joins in
This was basically the squad that will be travelling to the English
capital later today, but they were joined by Barça B’s
Alcántara, who is also in Tuesday’s squad, and for the second half of
the session by other reserves in Marc
Lunch and London
Once the session had concluded, the Barça squad had lunch at the Ciutat Esportiva
Joan Gamper before going off to catch their flight to London, which leaves at 4.00 pm and touches
down at 5.50 pm, local time. The players will then be transferred to their hotel, although Pep
Guardiola and Andrés
will first be going to the
for the pre-match press conferences at 7.50 pm (local time).