06 March 2012

Back to work preparing for Europe

The squad were back in training this morning as they begin preparations for Wednesday’s Champions League tie with Bayer Leverkusen.

Leo Messi was back with the rest of the group –made up of the 15 available first team players plus Tello and Muniesa from Barça B.

After Sunday's day off, the squad returned to work on pitch number 1 at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper this morning with the focus on Wednesday's second leg game against Bayer Leverkusen at the Camp Nou.

Leo Messi was given a short break by Guardiola over the weekend, as he was suspended, but the Argentinean was back in training this morning alongside the rest of the available first team squad members and Tello and Muniesa from Barça B. As usual before a Champions League game, the players trained with the official UCL balls.

Alexis Sánchez, who was injured in the dying moments of Saturday's game against Sporting, did recovery work on the training pitch, whilst the other injured players -Abidal, Thiago, Afellay and Villa continued working on their own recovery programmes. (via FCBarcelona.com)