The logistics of Barcelona s North American visit are sufficiently extreme, mentor Luis Enrique makes no statements of regret for letting stars including Lionel Messi skirt the pre-season journey.
The Spanish goliaths arrived in Los Angeles on Sunday to start arrangements for a three-match visit that opens with a diversion against Major League Soccer s Los Angeles Galaxy at the Rose Bowl on Tuesday.
Enrique and commander Andres Iniesta were new off the transport from the air terminal when they met with the media, the group having been cheered upon landing in their inn by a gaggle of Barcelona fans. Inquired as to whether he owed those fans an opportunity to see players like Argentinian genius Lionel Messi and Brazilian Neymar, Enrique said his first obligation was to get those players some greatly required time off.
“That s easy to reply,” he said. “We need to give a certain base number of days of get-away for players to recoup from a season that is apparently interminable,” said Enrique, who has pardoned Messi, Neymar, goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, midfielder Javier Mascherano and fullback Dani Alvez from the visit after they contended in the Copa America. “The main thing is, these players need to rest.
” Subsequent to tackling the Galaxy, the Champions League victors will make a trip north to tackle Manchester United at the home of the NFL s San Francisco 49ers on Saturday. They finish their US swing against English champions Chelsea on July 28 in rural Washington DC. They will play Fiorentina in Florence on August 2 as a feature of the same International Champions Cup show competition.
“As a coach, the fact of the matter is I would rather not do visits,” Enrique conceded. In the same way as other different directors, he discovers the travel requests and different subtle elements detract time from preparing. “Despite the fact that the nations can be extraordinary and it can be awesome to travel, things like the change of time zones can have repercussions and you can have less trainings and that can influence the group adversely.
” In spite of the fact that the visit incorporates such conceivably diverting sidelines as gatherings with NBA whiz Kobe Bryant and also with individuals from the NBA champion Golden State Warriors, Enrique and Iniesta are both quick to get the attention on the field. “To the extent preparing goes, the starting is vital,” Iniesta said. “That is the thing that numbers in light of the fact that you have not prepared for quite a while.
” The group voyaged not long after the re-decision of Josep Maria Bartomeu as president of the club by their individuals. Occupant Bartomeu saw off opponent Joan Laporta in a race that Bartomeu called early, when pressures inside of the club were running high in light of poor relations in the middle of Enrique and Messi.
Enrique declined to address the race on Sunday, while Iniesta said he trusted the determination would permit the club to concentrate on attempting to rehash the stellar deeds of last season, when they won the treble of Champions League, La Liga and Copa Del Rey. (FPA)