Leo Messi and Samper in training last week

Messi and Samper in training last week / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

Luis Enrique’s squad have an intense week of training ahead of the Joan Gamper Trophy on 18 August. After last week’s three friendlies against Nice, Naples and Helsinki, the players will train morning and evening on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, with morning training set for Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday and Saturday a much deserved day off.

The last of the players to return from the World Cup, Messi, Mascherano, Neymar Jr and Alves, who missed the games in Geneva and Helsinki, will finally be at Luis Enrique’s disposal and are expected to train normally with the rest of the squad.