Adriano troubled by thigh niggle

Douglas and Adriano, during a training session / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
The Brazilian trained apart on Friday morning, as did Rafinha and Vermaelen

Montoya, Xavi, Douglas, Alves and Masip trained alongside B team youngsters Pol Calvet and Sergio Juste

In another reduced training session at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper on Friday morning, Luis Enrique worked with just five first team players –Montoya, Xavi, Douglas, Dani Alves and Jordi Masip, with Barça B youngsters, Pol Calvet and Sergio Juste called in to make up the numbers and Joan Barbarà, Luis Enrique and goalkeeper coach José Ramón de la Fuente joining in.

Rafinha, Vermaelen and Adriano all trained apart as they worked on their recoveries, with the Brazilian troubled by a twinge in his right thigh.

This is how to put on the pressure and take possession

A two-minute video shows how Luis Enrique’s squad works on keeping possession of the ball

One of the most trite sayings in the world of sports is that teams play the way they practice. This two-minute video provides a glimpse of one of the team’s typical pressure and possession drills.

In the video the Barça style is on full display. Two groups work on triangulation for as long as they can until the other team can steal the ball.

Where are Messi, Neymar, and Mascherano headed?

Neymar Jr, Leo Messi i Javier Mascherano proven la cistella amb el cap
Leo Messi, Neymar Jr andJavier Mascherano show off their skills in training, as they try and score a basket with thier heads. How does it finish?

FC Barcelona’s training sessions are normally full of skilful touches from the players, as they sharpen up their technical abilities. Check out this exhibition from. Leo Messi, Neymar Jr and Javier Mascherano at the Camp Tito Vilanova de la Ciutat Esportiva, as they imitate the basketball team by keeping the ball up with headers and working towards a basket on the pitch . How does it end? Check it out exclusively at Barça FANS.


340 tickets for Bernabéu assigned

The draw was held on Thursday morning. PHOTO: GERMÁN PARGA-FCB.
The draw for tickets to the game against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu later this month was held this morning with 340 assigned from the 3,798 applied for.

The  340 tickets available to Barça fans for the game against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu later this month were assigned this morning. A total of 1.634 ticket applications for 3.798 seats  were made.

The members who have been assigned a ticket as a result of this morning’s draw will be contacted today , Thursday , and tomorrow with information concerning collection and payment methods be contacted. All tickets must be collected in person by the member who has made the application. If this is not possible, another person may be authorised to collect up to a maximum of eight tickets once the name of this person and their DNI and the authorisation necessary have been provided to the Club

The Club has a total of 500 tickets for the game, priced at €60. As usual, 85% of these tickets will be made available to club members (340) and supporters clubs (85), with the rest (345) going to sponsors and institutional and sporting commitments made by the Club.

Slavia Prague v FC Barcelona: Wonderful start (0-1)

The Barça ladies got off to a winning start in the UCL / PHOTO: FCB archive
Ruth grabbed the only goal of the game as Barça got the Champions League off to a fine start

It was a physical game with very few goalscoring chances for either side


Slavia Prague, 0
FC Barcelona, 1

Slavia Prague: Votikova, Tomaskova, Budosova, Pincova, Benyrova, Bartovicova, Penickova, Divisova, Malinova (Chlastakova, min 80), Svitkova & Kozarova.

FC Barcelona: Ràfols, M.Unzué, Torrejón, Ruth, Melanie, Virgínia, Gemma, Vicky Losada, Corredera, Willy (Alèxia, min 56) & Sonia (Mariona, min 67).

Goal: 0-1 Ruth García, min 81.

The Barça women’s team beat Slavia Prague 1-0 away in the Champions League round of 16 first leg to set things up nicely for next week’s return in the Miniestadi.

Physical encounter

Coach Xavi Llorens had warned that the Czech girls were a physical side, and that was indeed the case. But with rapid plays down the wings, Barça managed to create plenty of pressure, although turning that pressure into real chances was not easy. Melanie tried an early shot from long range, but Slavia also created some danger of their own.

Sonia almost scored with a fine effort that deflected wide off a defender, and just minutes later finished off a clever set piece with a shot that skimmed just wide of the Slavia post.

Late reward

The second half saw Slavia taking the initiative far more, and Barça started struggling to maintain their grip on the game. The Czechs were getting all the chances until Alèxia was sent on to stir things up a bit in the FCB attack. It worked, because the home side lost all their composure and with nine minutes to go, an Alèxia corner was met by a powergful header from Ruth Garcia that found the back of the net. The Barça girls played sensible football for the closing minutes, and almost sentenced the game with a Virgínia shot onto the post.

It all ended 1-0, and that result puts Barça in a fine position going into next Wednesday’s second leg at the Miniestadi, which kicks off at 7.00 PM CET.

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