After the international break, the first team squad will begin preparations for a crowded schedule (with games in the League, Cup, Champions League, and the World Club Cup in Japan) ahead of the Christmas break. Pep Guardiola won’t be able to call on the majority of his full squad until Wednesday evening though, with most of his international players figuring on Tuesday for their national teams.

Monday and Tuesday with the B team

The squad have been enjoying a three day break and will not be back at Sant Joan Despí until Monday morning and with so many players off on international duty, the coaching staff have decided to train with the B team players on Monday and Tuesday. Both of these sessions will start at 11.00 and the first fifteen minutes will be open to the media.

Evening sessions on Wednesday and Thursday

Pep Guardiola is hoping to be able to call on most of the international players who are away at the moment by Wednesday, though the South Americans Messi, Mascherano and Alexis Sánchez won’t be back till Thursday. Training will start at 18.00 on both days.

Preparations for Zaragoza right up until match day

With the game against Zaragoza scheduled for Saturday evening, Pep will thus have a full squad to train on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. On Friday the session will begin at 11.00 and Guardiola will hold a press conference afterwards, whilst the players will train at 11.30 at the Camp Nou on match day.

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