FC Barcelona checks out Spartak Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium pitch
Barça Manager Tito Vilanova put his squad through their paces in Moscow on Monday evening and the players had their first chance to check out the artificial pitch Spartak’s stadium. The preparatory session for Tuesday’s Champions League game was held in freezing conditions.
Moscow (FCB).- FC Barcelona squad trained on the Luzhniki pitch ahead of Tuesday\u2019s Champions League game with FC Spartak Moscow. Barça players were able to get their first taste of the artificial pitch, a surface which they are certainly not used to. Furthermore, the preparatory session for Tuesday\u2019s game was held in freezing conditions. However, Cesc Fàbregas made clear in his press conference that neither the cold nor the pitch can be used \u201Cas an excuse\u201D.
All 21 players who made the trip \u2013 17 from Barça\u2019s first team squad and 4 from the B team \u2013 were out on Spartak\u2019s pitch on Monday at 18.00 local time. Together with the coaching staff, they were well wrapped up against the cold, with temperatures between one degree above and two below freezing in the Russian capital.