The team training in Milan / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB

The FC Barcelona first team are used to training at the Ciutat Esportiva on days after matches, but this Thursday there’s been a break from routine and they have instead trained at the Centro Sportivo Giacinto Facchetti, one of Inter Milan’s training grounds. The club decided to take this measure because of the general strike affecting the whole of Spain on March 29, and will instead be returning to Barcelona on Friday.

Gentle session for starters

Under a warm Lombardy sun, most of the players went through the usual post-match recovery routine, while the players that didn’t start the game that ended 0-0 at the San Siro trained more normally.

Visitors and free afternoon

The facility is located in the city of Milan itself, and is usually used by the Inter youth teams, where some 20 youngsters live in residence. In fact, the session was visited by Inter technical director Marco Branca and sports director Piero Ausilio, who spent some time chatting to Josep Guardiola and Andoni Zubizarreta.

The players will have lunch together at their hotel and will then have the afternoon off. They’ll have supper together in the hotel at 21.00.