The team to train on Monday afternoon at the Camp Nou / PHOTO: ARXIU FCB

The month gets off to a lively start for Josep Guardiola’s team with the second leg of their Champions League semi final against AC Milan on Tuesday evening at the Camp Nou. And there is another high-profile fixture at the weekend, with a trip to Zaragoza as Barça continue to work at reducing Real Madrid’s lead in the league, which they have already managed to cut down to six points. With just eight league games to go, Barça can’t afford to make any mistakes between now and the end of the season.

But the week starts with the focus entirely on Europe. Barça will train at the Camp Nou on Monday at 18.00. An hour before that, Carles Puyol will be speaking to the press, while Josep Guardiola will be doing likewise at 19.45. AC Milan will be training at the same place at 19.15, and their manager and one of his players will be giving a press conference beforehand, starting at 18.30. All of the activity on the eve of the crunch semi final meeting will be broadcast live on Barça TV. Also, as is usual before Champions League games at home, the team will be staying the night together in a hotel.

Last session on Tuesday at midday

The team will leave the hotel on Tuesday morning for another training session behind closed doors at the Camp Nou. It is scheduled to start at 12.00. At around 13.30, they will return to their hotel for lunch and some rest before going back to the stadium for the actual match, which kicks off at 20.45.

On Wednesday, there is a training session scheduled for 11.00, this time at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper, which will be used primarily to regain strength after the exertions of the Milan match, but the squad will also be turning their minds to Saturday’s league encounter. In theory, the players will then be given Thursday off, and won’t be required to report back to the Ciutat Esportiva until Friday morning at 11.00 for the final workout before travelling to the Aragonese capital. Josep Guardiola will be speaking to the press after the session is over.

Saturday train to Zaragoza

Barça will be travelling to Zaragoza by train on Saturday morning. Once they arrive, they’ll be taken to a hotel where they will rest until the time comes to make their way to La Romareda, where the match kicks off at 20.00. On Sunday, back in Barcelona, the players will be training at 12.00 in the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper.

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