After having the day off, FC Barcelona’s first team players returned to training Tuesday morning at the Ciutat Esportiva. FC Barcelona defender and Spanish international Jordi Alba (24) joined the squad despite still recovering from a left leg injury he suffered during a training session on October 10. See footage after the jump.
FC Barcelona had a training session this morning and Brazilian defenders Dani Alves (30) and Adriano (29) have rejoined their team mates. They both have recovered from respective injuries and while not given the medical green light officially, it is expected both will be available for the match against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.
Jordi Alba (24) is still working individually, while young winger Adama (17) is again training with the first team.
FC Barcelona team traveled yesterday to Amsterdam, where they play this evening match-day five of the UEFA Champions League group stage against Ajax. All players participated in last night’s training session at the Amsterdam Arena. The players from senior squad traveled with four youngsters from the youth teams: Adama Traoré, Jean Marie Dongou, Patric and Sergi Gómez.
Neymar Jr and Alexis Sánchez finally joined their teammates after returning from international duty for Thursday’s training session. Xavi Hernández, Jordi Alba and Cristian Tello followed a specific recovery routine. Jean-Marie Dongou (Barça B) and Adama Traoré (Juvenil A) joined the senior team again for today’s session. Gerard Piqué and Cesc Fàbregas exercised with the group but have still not been given the medical green light by the medical staff.
Quite a few players who were on duty with their national teams returned to Barcelona and participated in the team training session on Wednesday afternoon. Alex Song, Sergio Busquets, Andrés Iniesta, Pedro Rodríguez, Marc Bartra, Sergi Roberto and Javier Mascherano all rejoined routine training.
Gerard Piqué, who had been doing recovery exercises the last few days, trained with the group for the first time, while Jordi Alba still trained apart. Xavi, suffering that minor thigh strain in his left leg, and Cristian Tello, who has sprained a ligament in his right ankle , followed their recovery plan. Juvenil A player Adama Traoré and Barça B’s Jean-Marie Dongou joined the first team.
FC Barcelona medical services informed the public hours ago that midfielder Xavi Hernández ”has a thigh strain in his left leg and over the last few training sessions has been given specific work to help his recovery, which will determine his availability for Saturday’s game against Granada”.
Jordi Alba and Gerard Piqué continued recovery excericises, while Lucas, Denis, Agostinho Ca, Calvet and Sandro, from Barça B and Adama from the Juvenil A joined first team at training session this morning.
Barça players returned to training Monday morning after a weekend off. The players in Barcelona had a double session yesterday and Cesc Fàbregas, who suffered a tendon sprain in the last game, participated in the evening training session for the first time since injury. Jordi Alba and Gerard Piqué continued recovery work apart from the group. Xavi Hernández also followed specific training.
Today the FC Barcelona first team returns to routine after a rest over the weekend. Some key players are still away on international duty and they are expected to rejoin the squad on Wednesday.
This evening the team starts preparations for Saturday’s game against Granada at the Camp Nou. The game is scheduled for Saturday at 16:00 local time and Gerardo Martino decided that his players will spend the night before the match at the Princessa Sofia, a hotel very close to the stadium. After the weekend game on Sunday, players will perform a recovery session. Continue reading for this week’s full training schedule.
This morning 14 players participated in the first team training session. Alongside the eight first team players -José Manual Pinto, Oier Olazábal, Carles Puyol, Martín Montoya, Adriano, Xavi Hernández, Isaac Cuenca and Cristian Tello - Barça B players Patric, Masip, Denis Suárez and Ilie and Adama and Sanabria from Juvenil A also worked out at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. Cesc Fàbregas and Gerard Piqué continued to work apart from the rest of the group. Leo Messi, Jordi Alba and Ibrahim Afellay were doing phsyio as part of their recovery schedule.
FC Barcelona manager Gerardo Tata Martino led the training session yesterday only for Carles Puyol, Xavi Hernánez, José Manuel Pinto, Oier Olazábal, Cristian Tello, Martín Montoya and Isaac Cuenca. Cesc Fàbregas continued the treatment for his knee ligament and Gerard Piqué followed his workout program to recover from his groin problem. Leo Messi performed on his own specialized treatment. Adriano, who trained alone on Tuesday, was given permission from the coaching staff to miss that session because of personal matters.
A large part of the FC Barcelona squad is currently with their respective national teams. For those remaining in Barcelona, Gerardo Martino has planned only a few training sessions this week at the Ciutat Esportiva. The available players will train on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The group will also get the weekend off and then return to a normalized training routine starting Monday evening.
The FC Barcelona squad participated in training session this morning in the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. Like yesterday, Gerard Piqué worked separately due to his groin trouble while Sergio Busquets, who trained apart from the group on Thursday, joined the normal session.
In today’s training only first team players took part. The final training session before heading for Sevilla is scheduled for Saturday morning. The team will travel for the match against Real Betis on Sunday morning.
After qualifying for the last sixteen of the UEFA Champions League last night against AC Milan, FC Barcelona returned to training at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper this morning. Players who featured in yesterday’s starting 11 performed the usual post-match recovery routine, apart from Sergio Busquets and Gerard Piqué, who trained alone and did specific exercises.
Piqué underwent medical tests on his groin trouble, and club medical staff stated that how the injury “developments over the next few days will determine whether he is fit enough to be considered for selection against Betis at the weekend”. Ilie, Samper, Sergi Gómez and Espinosa from the B team joined this training session. Today begins final preparations for Sunday’s away game against Betis which will be the last game before the international break.
FC Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino named 20 players to the match squad for tonight’s UEFA Champions League match against AC Milan. The best bit of news for the blaugrana side is that left back and Brazilian international Adriano Correia was named to the squad. He missed last Friday’s derby against Espanyol due to muscle fatigue in his left hamstring.
FC Barcelona’s Mexican midfielder will undergo an arthroscopy on Tuesday to fix the ruptured cruciate ligament in his right knee. The operation will be carried out by club doctors Dr. Ricard Pruna and Dr. Joan Carles Monllau, at the Clinica Dexeus. A medical statement regarding the operation will be released shortly after its completion.
FC Barcelona manager Gerardo Martíno wasted no time getting his players back to their paces ahead of this weekend’s La Liga fixture against Osasuna in Pamplona. The squad, which is nearly back to full strength, trained Wednesday evening with many of the missing Spanish internationals returning after helping to secure Spanish progression to the World Cup Finals in Brazil next summer.
Today seven players did physical tests at Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. All the first team players who are still in Barcelona, and thus not playing with their national team, being Martín Montoya, Carles Puyol, Javier Mascherano, Marc Bartra, Adriano, Jonathan Dos Santos and Cristian Tello have taken the tests this morning. Goalkeepers José Manual Pinto and Oier Olazábal trained in the gym.
The players now have two days off and will return to training on Monday.
On Thursday, the first team, Barça B, and several younger players all trained together - notably, one among the group was Adrià Vilanova, the 16-year-old son of former Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova, currently recovering from cancer. Adrià plays as a central defender with Barça’s Juvenil B side – with Barça’s current defensive shortage, maybe he can make it into the first team before too long. I imagine Tito was quite proud to see his son training with the first team, and I hope all the players gave Adrià a big hug for the difficult year he and his family have had to endure. As always, totalBarça wishes all the best to the Vilanovas.
Watch Messi leave Alves on the ground like an NFL running back and Alexis Sánchez stride around in hilarious, fabulous fashion. Good to see the team having fun in training!
On Wednesday, FC Barcelona will play its first Champions League match of the 2013-14 season against Ajax at the Camp Nou. For this debut, coach Gerardo Martino has decided to call up all of the available members of the first team, 20 players in total. Pedro is back in the squad after sitting out Saturday’s match against Sevilla, while injured players Jordi Alba, Puyol, Cuenca, and Afellay will miss Wednesday’s match. Goalkeeper Oier Olazábal’s name is also absent from Martino’s latest squad list, by decision of the coaches.
When Gerardo “Tata” Martino first took over at FC Barcelona he clearly mentioned that he would not be introducing drastic changes across the board when it came to Barça’s footballing style. However, that didn’t mean that he wouldn’t put his own stamp on how Barça functioned. What excited us most about Tata’s appointment was the introduction of verticality (or verticalidad) to our possession based game, as well as the return of the pressing game, which was sorely missing last season. In order to successfully incorporate these facets, the focus on fitness is paramount.
FC Barcelona’s first team continued with its preparations for the next league match on Saturday at the Camp Nou against Sevilla, after the players involved recently in international matches returned to the squad on Wednesday. Coach Gerardo Martino led this morning’s training session with all his available players.
After spending the last few days in Argentina to deal with some personal matters, taking advantage of the international break, FC Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino is back in Barcelona and led this Tuesday’s training session with the available members of the first team as well as Barça B’s Samper, Calvet, Denis Suárez, and Campins.
FC Barcelona’s first team returned to work at a training session this Monday morning after a two day break for the players. The footballers involved in the latest round of international matches were still absent, with games taking place on Tuesday. Jorge Pautasso led the first session of the week with nine available players, plus Sergio Busquets. The midfielder from Badia, who was able to partly train with the group, is recovering from a strain in his right leg.
Ten players from Barça B joined FC Barcelona’s first team for training this Thursday. The B team players joined the nine available footballers from the first team, who had also trained on Wednesday. Today’s session was again led by assistant coach Jorge Pautasso, as head coach Gerardo “Tata” Martino is currently in Argentina resolving some outstanding personal issues during the international break. He is expected back at the start of next week.
After the win in Valencia (2-3), FC Barcelona’s players had two days off coinciding with the start of an international break in the league calendar. A number of players joined their respective national teams, and the rest of the first team squad returned to work this Wednesday. A total of nine players trained under the orders of Jorge Pautasso, who lead the first session of the week. Coach Gerardo “Tata” Martino, taking advantage of the few days off, traveled to Argentina to resolve some personal issues.
Pinto, Oier, Piqué, Mascherano, Dos Santos, Tello, Montoya, Bartra, and Adriano were the players present at today’s session, while eleven first team members are currently with their national teams.
FC Barcelona will travel to Valencia tomorrow to play the third league game of the season. Manager Gerardo Martino has called up 19 players to make the difficult trip to Mestalla.
Both midfielder Xavi (33) and forward Alexis Sánchez (24) have not made the squad. Martino explained that the two players have already played a lot of games in recent weeks and that he wants to give them some rest ahead of the international fixtures. The third player that didn’t make the squad is goalkeeper Oier (23). However, both Lionel Messi and Adriano have been declared fit to play.
FC Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino has lead his team’s final training session this Wednesday at midday before the return leg of the Spanish Super Cup against Atlético Madrid this evening. The 19 players named in the squad for the match, Barça’s first chance for silverware this season, trained on the Camp Nou pitch.
FC Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has received his medical clearance and is available to Gerardo Martino for Wednesday’s match against Atlético Madrid. The player has overcome his troubles with his left thigh and is on the list of 19 players for the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup. Adriano Correia, however, will not feature in the match as his right hamstring strain persists.