Luis Enrique and Rudi Garcia at the Ciutat Esportiva / FCB / AS ROMA

Once the Barça training session on Thursday morning at the Ciutat Esportiva was over, first team manager Luis Enrique Martínez made his way over to pitch 4, where the AS Roma squad had also been exercising in a session that started at 11.00am CET.

He chatted for a good ten minutes with Rudi Garcia, manager of the team Barça had beaten 3-0 the night before in the Joan Gamper Trophy, as well as a number of his staff, many of whom he knows very well after his year as coach of the Serie A side.

Once they had finished a workout planned mainly to recover from the previous night’s exertions, the Roma squad made their way to Barcelona Airport for a flight back to the Italian capital.