Wet training features Messi
Marc Guillén / Anna Segura
Leo Messi was the focus of all attention in the only Barça training session in Kazan, which took place under intense rain.
After arriving in Kazan on Monday night, the players trained this evening at the Centralny Stadium,
the place where they drew with Rubin a year ago. But rather than the intense cold of their first
visit to Tartarstan, this time it was rain that had to deal with.
Messi takes part
Guardiola’s charges were able to test a pitch in near-perfect
condition. Messi, who has yet to be given medical clearance, seemed able to train perfectly
normally. He was all smiles during the only 15 minutes of the session that were open to the media.
Change of turf
Last season, this same pitch was lost under a blanket of snow and the
grass was taller than what the Barça players are used to. But this year there can be no complaints
about the surface. The new turf in the Centralny impressed everybody, and should ebenfit the
Catalan’s famous passing style.