20 Barça players to travel to Belarus
Josep Guardiola has named 20 players for the Champions League game on Wednesday against BATE Borisov. These are the 18 fit first team players plus Isaac Cuenca and Jonathan dos Santos from the reserves.
Barcelona (FCB).- Barça have their second Champions League fixture this week against BATE Borisov, in the Dynamo Stadium in Minsk. The players will fly to Minsk (Belarus) on Tuesday and the manager, Josep Guardiola, has named 20 players to travel after training on Monday, which includes two players from Barça B, Isaac Cuenca and Jonathan dos Santos.
After a rest day on Sunday, the players got back to work on Monday as they prepare for the return of European competitions. All 18 first team players were involved, along with Muniesa, who is training with the first team as he recovers from injury.
The session at the FC Barcelona training facilities -Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper- also featured nine members of the Barça B squad, namely Cristian Lobato, Isaac Cuenca, Javier Espinosa, Gustavo Ledes, Kiko Femenía, Carlos Carmona, Ivan Balliu, Jonathan dos Santos and Gerard Deulofeu.
The squad will be flying to Minsk early on Tuesday morning. They are due to meet at the Camp Nou at 8.15 (CET) for a coach transfer to the airport. The flight leaves at 9.00 (CET) and should arrive in Minsk at about 13.40 (CET +1). They will then be taken directly to their hotel, and at 18.45 (CET +1), Josep Guardiola and one player will be giving a press conference. At 19.30 (CET +1), the squad will train in the Dynamo Stadium in Minsk.
The squad travelling to Minsk
The Barça players travelling to Belarus are: Valdés, Pinto, Alves, Piqué, Fàbregas, Puyol, Xavi, Villa, Messi, Thiago, Mascherano, Keita, Sergio Busquets, Pedro, Maxwell, Adriano, Abidal, Fontàs, Cuenca and Dos Santos.