After three days off, Barça returned to training this Thursday morning in a session dedicated to preparing for the derbi on Sunday against Espanyol. Jordi Roura was in charge of today’s session as Tito Viliaova will be in New York until Friday, participating in a study of oncological immunotherapy.
FC Barcelona announced today that the club has reached an agreement with player Adriano Correia (28) to renew his contract with Barça for the next four seasons, through the 30th of June, 2017. The buyout clause will be set at 90 million euros.
FC Barcelona held its final training session at noon today at the Camp Nou. Eighteen players worked at the session focused on polishing some final details before this evening’s match, which is the penultimate league game at home this season. Following tonight’s match, the players and fans will celebrate the Club’s 22nd league title win.
FC Barcelona’s first team trained this Saturday in what was the penultimate session before Valladolid’s visit to the Camp Nou on Sunday (21:00). There was positive news coming from the session as Mascherano and Valdés have both been cleared to play by Barça’s medical team. Mascherano has recovered from a torn ligament in his right knee picked up on April 2nd in the match against Paris Saint-Germain in France. Valdés has been struggling with plantar fasciitis in his left foot for the past few weeks. Both players trained today with the group.
FC Barcelona’s preparations continue for Sunday’s league match against Valladolid at the Camp Nou. The team held a training session this Thursday morning at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper in which goalkeeper Víctor Valdés began to work on the pitch with his fellow keepers. Valdés continues to recover from plantar fasciitis and a calf strain in his left leg that have prevented him from taking any part in the last two league matches.
FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi left the pitch owing to a right leg injury during Sunday’s match against Atlético Madrid. The Argentine forward exited the match in the 67th minute upon noticing his muscle problem and after all three substitutions had already been made. The player will undergo further medical tests Monday to determine the extent of the injury. Speaking at a press conference after the match, coach Tito Vilanova explained, “he [Messi] felt well but, as is often the case with muscular injuries, the discomfort returned suddenly.”
All the members of FC Barcelona’s first team, including the injured players, will travel this Sunday to Madrid, where Barça will face Atlético Madrid (19:00). Coach Tito Vilanova has decided to bring all of his players because of the possibility of being proclaimed league champions at the Vicente Calderón.
FC Barcelona continues to prepare for Sunday’s league match against Atlético Madrid (19:00). Tito Vilanova led the training session this Friday with all the available members of the first team squad, plus Juvenil A’s Sergi Samper.
Javier Mascherano continues to make progress in his recovery and this Wednesday the player was able to train with his teammates for the first time since his injury against Paris Saint-Germain in France. The Argentine, who tore the internal ligament of his right knee in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals, spent part of the session working with the group.
Éric Abidal and Sergio Busquets have both been cleared to play by FC Barcelona’s medical staff following training on Sunday morning, which was the final session before the visit of Betis this evening (21:00). The two players, along with Messi, were able to train normally with the rest of the group. Pedro, meanwhile, did specific training work separate from his teammates.
FC Barcelona’s first team was back at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper this Saturday morning. Lionel Messi and Sergio Busquets were both able to train normally with the group. Defender Abidal was also able to continue working at the same pace as his teammates, as he had during Friday’s training session.
FC Barcelona returned to training this Friday to prepare for the the league match on Sunday against Real Betis at the Camp Nou (21:00). Both Lionel Messi and Víctor Valdés were absent from today’s session. The Argentine forward, who remained on the bench against Bayern Munich on Wednesday, underwent physiotherapy. Tito Vilanova explained after the match on Wednesday that “against Athletic [Messi] felt a strange sensation” and, although he was not injured, they didn’t want to force him because “in one explosive effort [his hamstring] could tear.”
Valdés spent today’s session doing specific work. Because of his absence, Tito Vilanova asked Barça B goalkeeper Oier Olazábal to train with the first team.
On Wednesday morning, FC Barcelona’s first team held its final training session before this evening’s match with Bayern Munich. As is usual for training sessions on match days, today’s session was more calm and relaxed as the 19 available players worked on finalizing certain details ahead of tonight’s game. Because only 18 players can make the final squad, Tito Vilanova will have to drop one player from the roster before the match.
FC Barcelona’s first team trained this Tuesday at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper in what was the team’s penultimate session before Bayern Munich’s visit to the Camp Nou on Wednesday.
Neither Sergio Busquets nor Éric Abidal will feature against the German team tomorrow. Busquets continues to recover from a groin injury, while Abidal has picked up a calf injury. The other two injured members of the squad, Carles Puyol and Javier Mascherano, did specific training work outside of the group at today’s session.
FC Barcelona’s first team held a session this Sunday at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper focused on recovery. The starters from Saturday’s match at the San Mamés (2-2), plus Adriano and Messi, did post-match recovery work in the gym and physiotherapy, while the rest of the players trained outside in the rain in Sant Joan Despí. Four players from Barça B joined the first team for today’s session: Joan Angel Roman, Ie, Gus, and Oier.
FC Barcelona’s first team returned to training this Thursday for the first full session following the 4-0 loss in Munich. All the available players were present at the session, along with Barça B’s Bañuz. The squad began preparing for Saturday’s league match against Athletic Bilbao, in which Barça could mathematically be declared champions depending on the outcome of the Madrid derby (a win against Bilbao would be needed, along with a Madrid loss at the Calderón).
Although FC Barcelona’s coaching staff gave the players a day off this Wednesday following the team’s return from Munich, a few members of the squad headed to the Ciutat Esportiva to train voluntarily.
Carles Puyol, Cristian Tello, Jordi Alba, Alex Song, and Martín Montoya worked at the club’s training center, hoping to overcome injury or maintain form for those that did not play against Bayern Munich.
Lionel Messi was able to train at the normal pace this Sunday morning, and though he has not yet been cleared to play by FC Barcelona’s medical staff, he is on the list of 21 players called up for the Champions League semi-final first leg against Bayern Munich. Messi’s recovery leaves just three players unavailable for Tuesday’s match: Mascherano and Puyol, both injured, and Adriano, who is suspended. Barça B goalkeeper Oier also makes the 21-man squad.
Squad list for Tuesday: Valdés, Pinto, Dani Alves, Piqué, Fàbregas, Xavi, Villa, Iniesta, Alexis, Messi, Thiago, Dos Santos, Bartra, Sergio, Pedro, Jordi Alba, Montoya, Abidal, Song, Tello, and Oier.