Focus on el clásico
Marc Guillén / Aida Soriano
FC Barcelona trained on Sunday evening as preparations continued unabated for the visit of Real Madrid. Pep Guardiola had 18 players at his disposal with only Gaby Milito and Thiago Alcántara absent.
The Blaugrana squad were put thought their paces for the second time this weekend
with the build-up towards el clásico occupying everyone’s thoughts. Having had Friday off,
after booking their place in the next stage of the Champions League with a
win in Greece against Panathinaikos
, the players returned to work on Saturday and again on Sunday as the coaching staff made
last minute checks on every aspect of the game ahead.
Guardiola focussed the training on Sunday on tactics as there was just over 24 hours
to go before the hotly-anticipated encounter when the players strolled out on to the pitch to
stretch their legs. The cold played its part as the players dressed appropriately to ensure that
none of them were affected by the onset of winter temperatures. Milito was not present as he
continued to work on his recovery programme from injury while Thiago appeared for the juvenil side
in their win over Espanyol.