Review Leo Messi press conference

Leo Messi in a press conference
Review what Leo said in the first public appearance of the season

The challenges of the team and the relationship with Neymar, some of the main issues dealt

Messi was the first Barca player who appeared at a press conference at the Sports City in the season 2013/14 begins. Go through the 12 minutes of the appearance of Messi.

* The english version of the video starts at 3’50”

Second day of training follows the same plan

Alexis, during the Tuesday training session. PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ – FCB
The twelve available first team members trained today at the Ciutat Esportiva

Cuenca, under observation due to cervical contusion, will return to his recovery programme once he receives medical clearance

11 Barça B players will join the evening session

Second day of training at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. The 12 available first team members, under the orders of Tito Vilanova and his coaching staff, continued with a highly physical session that also included ball work as well as the usual warm-up drills.

The session began at 9.00 am, when the heat was a little less intense and so the conditions were somewhat better for the players. Isaac Cuenca was missing because in addition to his long-term knee injury, yesterday he suffered a cervical contusion and spent the night under observation. Carles Puyol and Ibrahim Afellay, meanwhile, continued separately with their specific recovery programmes.

11 Barça B players will be joining the evening session, namely Ilie, Planas, Gómez, Joan Román, Kiko, Espinosa, Patric, Dongou, Nieto, Quintillà and Samper, starting at 19.00, and will continue with the first team until the Spain and Brazil internationals get back.

Victorious start for Barça B (0-2)

PHOTO: GERMÁN PARGA-FCB
Two goals from Joan Román in the first half gave the win to Eusebio’s team against l’Escala

20 Barça B players participated in the first match of the preseason. The game was suspended after 74 minutes due to inclement weather

11 players train with the first team

After the match against l’Escala, Eusebio announced the names of the 11 Barça B players who will train with the first team on Wednesday. They are Ilie, Planas, Gómez, Joan Román, Kiko, Espinosa, Patric, Dongou, Nieto, Quintillà and Samper.

Barça B were victorious in their first match of the preseason. The team managed by Eusebio Sacristán defeated l’Escala by 2-0 in a match that was suspended after 74 minutes due to inclement weather. In the first half, two goals from Joan Román fired the Blaugrana ahead, and up to 20 players featured for Barça B before the game was called off.

Joan Román nets a brace

Eusebio named Masip, Gómez, Planas, Joan Román, Bagnack, Samper, Babunski, Ayala, Quintillà, Miguel Maza and Dani Nieto to his starting line-up. The Balugrana, who donned the away kit, scored at the beginning of the match and near the end of the first half. The first goal came thanks to a powerful shot from inside the area and the second was scored after a good cross from the left from Miguel Maza.

Nine substitutions at the break

Eusebio made up to nine substitutions after the first half. Bañuz, Partic, Robert Costa, Gafarot, Ilie, Calvet, Espinosa, Dongou and Kiko were sent on; only Bagnack and Miguel Maza remained from the initial team from the first half. Barça B continued to dominate in the second half and they could have scored a third through Kiko, but the player’s shot was off target.

The end of the game was atypical. A deluge of torrential rain poured down on the players, which forced the referee to suspend the match on 74 minutes. Despite the weather, Barça B showed that they are on the right track after four days of training.