12 February 2012

22 in the squad to travel to Germany

Pep Guardiola is taking all the first team players available, including Busquets who hasn’t received medical clearance yet, plus five players from the reserves, for the match against Bayer Leverkusen. The team, who worked out this morning at the training ground, will leave early Monday morning for Germany, where they’ll carry on their Champions League campaign with the match in the last 16 stage.

With no time to feel sorry for themselves after the defeat in Pamplona, ​​the first team are moving on and already thinking about the Champions League. On Tuesday, Barça will resume their activity in Europe's top competition, in Germany, with the first leg of the last 16 round against Bayer Leverkusen. For this game, Pep Guardiola has called up all the available players from the first team, amongst them Sergio Busquets, who is travelling without medical clearance. The Barça midfielder has missed the last two games due to the knee injury sustained against Real Sociedad. This Sunday, though, he was able to take part in the group training session.

Also travelling with the squad are Barça B players Dos Santos, Tello, Sergio Roberto, Marc Bartra, and Oier Olazábal.

The team trained this morning at the Joan Gamper Training Ground, the only session in Barcelona before travelling to Germany. The training was basically a recovery session for the players who started against Osasuna. Also taking part in the session at pitch number 2 were B Team players Dos Santos, Tello, Sergi Roberto, who were all present in Pamplona, ​​plus Oier, Masip, Sergi Gomez, Rosell, Balliu, Espinosa, and Lobato.

The players will fly to Cologne on Monday morning at 10.30. They'll stay in Cologne, close to Leverkusen, whilst in Germany. Guardiola's players will train in the afternoon at the Bay Arena stadium, starting around 19.00. Before that, at 18.15, Guardiola and one of the Barça players will attend the media. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Squad for Leverkusen: Valdes, Pinto, Alves, Piqué, Fàbregas, Puyol, Xavi, Iniesta, Messi, Thiago, Mascherano, Pedro, Adriano, Abidal, Alexis, Cuenca, Sergio Busquets, Dos Santos, Tello, Sergi Roberto, Bartra and Oier