There was a very special visitor to the FC Barcelona women’s training session this morning. It was Allie Long, currently of the Portland Thorns of the NWSL and the US national team and who is visiting Barcelona, where she able to enjoy watching El Clásico on Saturday.

Speaking to the club media, she said that “I know how Barça play. They like possession and to create. I love the way Busquets plays, and Messi as well of course. The whole team is really good.”

Before the training session and after receiving a shirt with her name on the back, the 29-year-old from Huntington, New York said that “I have seen a bit of the Barça women’s team recently. They play with the same style as the men and I like that a lot. It’s very good, very skilful. I’m impressed”.

Coach Xavi Llorens was preparing his team for an intense week. On Wednesday they host Valencia at 6.00pm CET and on Sunday are away to Atlético Madrid at 12.00pm CET.

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