Fifteen days after the successful operation on his parotid gland, which kept him away from the team the last few weeks, assistant coach Tito Vilanova returned to lead training alongside Pep Guardiola. His return to normal activity was welcomed with great joy from the team. Vilanova met first with the players in the dressing room before the start of the session. On pitch no. 1 of the Ciutat Esportiva, the assistant of Guardiola received an emotional welcome from the players already working on the pitch. Hugs, smiles, applause . . . this was the welcome that the team has given to Tito Vilanova. Probably the most significant image has been the embrace between Tito and Éric Abidal, the player who last season underwent surgery for a liver tumor.
Under the watchful eye of Pep Guardiola and the man inseparable from the whole team, Tito Vilanova, the group exercised thinking about their next match, the clasico at the Bernabéu. The only current absence from the squad is Afellay. Adriano exercised with the rest of the group and after the session received his medical clearance. The players of the first team who started against BATE Borisov worked at the same rate as the others. The session also included the participation of Cuenca, Muniesa, and Soriano from the reserves.
The team will have a day off on Thursday and will not return to training until Friday afternoon. The session will be at 18:00 behind closed doors at the Camp Nou. Afterwards, Pep Guardiola will speak at a press conference.
Source: fcbarcelona.cat; Images: Miguel Ruiz