The eight Barça B players during today's training session / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
A total of eight Barça B players will take part in the first team’s training regiment this week. It’s fairly common for a large number of reserve-side players to start the preseason with the first team, and it allows the first-team managers to acclimate the Barça B players to the first team if they’re needed later on in the season. For this first week of training, Tito Vilanova called up SergiGómez, SergiRoberto, Ilie, Carles Planas, Rafinha, Oier, KikoFemenía and Cristian Lobato from the B side to take part in the first team’s training regiment.
All of the players have participated with FC Barcelona’s senior side at some point. Some of them have participated in first-team preseasons from past years, like Sergi Roberto and Sergi Gómez, both of whom have seen first-team action for that past two consecutive years. These two players, and Rafinha, are the only three Barça B players to feature in official matches with the first team, while the other five have yet to make their senior side debut.
Barça B, training with 13 players
With the eight reserve players training with the first team this week, Barça B have been reduced to a 13-man squad - it’s worth noting that Gerard Deulofeu and Alejandro Grimaldo are still on vacation after the U19 Euro championship in Estonia. Eusebio Sacristán, moreover, cannot call up any Juvenil A players (U18), seeing that the youth team won’t start its preseason until next week.
The Azulgrana reserve side returns to work today after having Monday off. After a small tour in Navata, Eusebio’s team will train at the Ciutat Esportiva this week before departing for UK to play preseason friendlies against HuddersfieldTown and Bolton (August 8 and 10, respectively).
Here’s a participation overview of the eight Barça B players during the 2011/12 season:
Sergi Gómez 20 years old Defender 21 games played 1,688 minutes
Sergi Roberto 20 years old Midfielder 28 games played 2,352 minutes
Ilie Sánchez 21 years old Midfielder Injured
Carles Planas 21 years old Defender 32 games played 2,444 minutes
Rafinha 19 years old Midfielder 39 games played 3,272 minutes
Kiko Femenía 21 years old Forward 30 games played 1,755 minutes
Cristian Lobato 23 years old Forward 31 games played 2,125 minutes
Oier Olazábal 22 years old Keeper 23 games played 2,070 minutes