I missed our boys so much, so it was pure pleasure to see them again in training this morning.
After a four day break, Maxwell, Abidal, Keita and Pinto were back in training this morning as Guardiola began his preparations for Saturday’s league game against Hercules. With the internationals still away with their national teams, Guardiola again called on the B team to make up the numbers at the training session. Puyol and Jeffren, who returned from their international call ups last week with injuries, both trained apart from the rest of the group as they fight to back to full fitness as soon as possible
Photos from morning training:
One of this morning’s biggest surprises was Jose Manuel Pinto’s new hair cut, which was the subject of much attention when he came out for training.
Scans carried out on Carles Puyol’s injured left leg on Monday have revealed that the muscle is healing well. His progress over the next few days should throw some light on when he will be able to return to action. Puyol has already missed the opening league game of the season as well as two internationals with Spain. Take care Carles!
After training Maxwell spoke to the media and declared himself: “very happy with how things are going”, both for himself and the team, “the more I play the more confidence I have”. (more you will find here- click)
Slightly less high profile friendly took place on Pitch #7 of the Ciudad Esportiva: Barcelona B vs. Brazil. A chance for our youngsters to pit themselves against one of the world’s powerhouse national teams featuring Barça players Dani Alves and Adriano.
Our young boys lost 0-3. Pep Guardiola watched game from stands:)
Club Statutes to be reformed (read more here-click)
Shortly club will announce the new ethics code of FC Barcelona (click here for more deteails)
Sandro Rosell is new vicepresident of ECA (read more here). The European Club Association (ECA) is the sole, independent body directly representing football clubs at European level.
Some news from national teams:
The Spanish World Cup winning team has been awarded the Premio Príncipe de Asturias de los Deportes 2010 it was announced this morning.
Spanish U-21 team won game agains Poland 1-0. Our Barca boys Thiago and Bojan were part of winning team. Great assist by Barcelona’s Thiago led to the winning (and only) goal.
La Roja wasn't so lucky and lost game 1-4 with Argentina. It was entertaining game to watch, friendly with many yellow cards took place at amazing El Monumental de River. There were 10 Barca players! In Spain: Iniesta and Villa played in 1st half, Pedro(wonderful game), Xavi and Valdés in 2nd half, Pique and Busquets played full time. In Argentina Mascherano and Gabi Milito played 90 minutes, Messi who scored frst goal was substituted in '88 and recieved massive applause.