Barcelona round-up first week of preseason training as Sergio Busquets celebrates 29th birthday

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FC Barcelona continued their preparations for the 2017/18 season with a final session of the week on Sunday morning local time.

In a week in which double daily sessions have been the order of the day, coach Ernesto Valverde gathered his available first team player plus five players from the B squad at the Tito Vilanova field at the Ciutat Esportiva.

Star of the day was midfielder Sergio Busquets who received a round of applause and the traditional ‘tunnel’ from his team mates on the day of his 29th birthday.

The team will return to double daily sessions on Monday (9.30am CET and 6.30pm CET) with the first 15 minutes open to the media.

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While the first week back after the summer holidays was always going to be an intense one, FC Barcelona have picked up pace in training, now with their international players returning to the squad.

Returning to training on Friday, at the Ciutat Esportiva, were Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Neymar, Andres Iniesta and a few more Barca players. Gerard Pique, Arda Turan Javier Mascherano, Ivan Rakitic and others too sweat it out as Ernesto Valverde’s squad look ahead to the next season.

Prior to leaving for their pre-season campaign Barca have signed Nelson Semedo, a right-back from Benfica while also extending Gerard Deulofeu’s contract at the club.

Barca’s pre-season tour kicks off on July 22, when they face Juventus followed by Manchester United on July 26, Real Madrid on July 29 and Chapecoense on August 7.

Below you can see videos from Barca’s first few training sessions.

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Luis Suarez is among the Barcelona stars who have arrived for preseason training ahead of the new season.

After going through medicals, the team trained under new boss Ernesto Valverde for the first time.

The Catalans have a hectic and challenging preseason schedule ahead of them in the United States.

Barcelona will play Juventus and Manchester United before concluding their tour with an El Classico against fierce domestic rivals Real Madrid.

Below are the crucial dates in Barcelona’s pre-season schedule:

JULY 22ND

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Real Madrid vs Juventus, MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

JULY 26TH

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Barcelona vs Manchester United, FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland

JULY 29TH

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Barcelona vs Real Madrid, Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

AUGUST 7TH

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Barcelona vs Chapecoense, Camp Nou, Barcelona

AUGUST 12TH

SPANISH SUPER CUP – FIRST LEG

Barcelona vs Real Madrid, Nou Camp

AUGUST 15TH

SPANISH SUPER CUP – SECOND LEG

Real Madrid vs Barcelona, Bernabeu

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