Training session in Yokohama / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

There was a lot of expectation ahead of the team's first training session in Yokohama, the host city for the FIFA Club World Cup. Guardiola's men trained in front of a large number of media and Japanese fans. After being received by nearly a hundred fans at the Narita airport just outside Tokyo, the party attended a number of official FIFA events before training.

First off, the 23 players in the squad took part in the official photo session of the competition, followed by a technical talk from FIFA's referee instructor, Steve Bennett, with whom they talked and watched a number of videos about the rules of the tournament.

At midday local time the players ran out onto the local Yokohama Marinos training ground -  which boasts an official FC Barça Shop- where more than a hundred representatives of the international media and a number of local fans watched the session, along with many local inhabitants watching from nearby buildings.

Guardiola had programmed a gentle session of nearly an hour, with the players doing stretching exercises, ball control games, some sprinting and a team talk with the coaches.

First session ahead of semis

The first 15 minutes of the session were open to the media, whilst the rest of the training took place behind closed doors. Today's session was the first ahead of Thursday's FIFA Club World Cup semi final against the Qatar team Al Sadd who beat Esperance from Tunisia 2-1 in the quarter finals.