Just a matter of hours after returning from the 1-1 draw in Villarreal (Highlights, Match Report), the Barça players were back on the training ground to start preparing for their next match. Time to chill out is going to be in short supply as long as Barça are also involved in the Copa del Rey. And that’s precisely the target Luis Enrique and his men as on Wednesday night as they host Athletic Club at 9.15pm CET – where there’s a 2-1 deficit from the first leg to turn around.

So it was back to work on a blustery Monday morning at the Ciutat Esportiva, where the players that featured in the previous night’s exertions went through the typical warm-down routine and the rest of the squad trained as normal. It was great to see Jasper Cillessen back on the field. The goalkeeper picked up a soleus injury over the Christmas break but is now well on the mend.


The session was also the first in the brand new Nike training kit that the team will be using from now on, a striking design featuring lime green shirts with darker coloured sleeves.

The team will be back on the training ground at 11.00am CET on Tuesday, after which Luis Enrique will be giving a press conference to talk in depth about various matters, but most especially Wednesday’s showdown with Athletic.

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