Barça got back to work on Thursday following the rest day Valverde gave his squad after their 3-0 victory against Juventus in the Champions League on Tuesday. The first team are top of the league table level on points with Real Sociedad and they impressed in their Champions League debut. Lionel Messi’s form is an important part of this flying start with a fantastic haul of seven goals in four games.

Ernesto Valverde started to prepare for the Getafe match on Saturday. He did so with the available first team players on the Tito Vilanova pitch at the Ciutat Esportiva. Barça will play at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez following a two-year absence as the team from Madrid were in Division 2A last year. The blaugranas have won three in their last four visits but it is never a comfortable away fixture.

The first team will train on Friday in their last preparation session before travelling to Madrid on Friday evening ahead of the fourth La Liga fixture of the season at 4.15pm CET on Saturday.

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