Squad for Ceuta game announced
Ten first team players and six from Barça B will make the trip to Ceuta on Tuesday as Barça open their Spanish Cup campaign. The Cup rules state that the squad must be 16 strong and a maximum of six non-first team players can be named.
The full list given by Guardiola this morning is: Pinto, Puyol, Abidal, Maxwell, Adriano,
Mascherano, Keita, Bojan, Jeffren, Pedro, Miño, Bartra, Fontàs, Thiago, Dos Santos and Nolito.
Seven first team squad players -Valdés, Alves, Piqué, Busquets, Iniesta, Messi and Villa -are still
enjoying the short break Guardiola gave them after the Zaragoza game.
Training ahead of the tie
The squad for the Ceuta game, with the exception of Pinto who had the
club’s permission to miss the session for family reasons, trained at the Ciutat Esportiva
Joan Gamper this morning. The session was focussed on tomorrow’s game with Guardiola
demanding maximum concentration in a clear sign that he is taking the tie very seriously.
In addition, Valdes came along and worked out with a coach, before joining the rest of the
group, whilst Xavi and Milito continued with their own recovery programmes.