Barcelona face Juventus in the Champions League final in just two days, but you wouldn’t know it based on Tuesday’s chilled-out training session.
After being put through their paces by boss Luis Enrique, Lionel Messi and his team-mates took off their boots, rolled out some mats and spent time relaxing in the sun at the club’s training ground.
The little Argentine was spotted laughing with strike partners Neymar and Luis Suarez, as well as Gerard Pique, Javier Mascherano and Jordi Alba.
Enrique’s men appeared in relaxed mood at the end of their open training session, showing no sign of tension as they aim to complete a historic treble with victory against Serie A champions Juve in Germany.
Suarez, who will play in his first Champions League final on Saturday, was pictured joking around with Pique as the newly crowned Copa del Rey winners began to focus on the biggest game of their season.
But it wasn’t all fun and games for Spain’s No 1 team as Enrique and his staff took a moment to speak to the players ahead of a crucial week of preparation.
The former Celta Vigo boss was given a boost after the session as Andres Iniesta confirmed he would be fit to start against Juventus and declared ‘let’s win it for Xavi’.
The two players have won three Champions Leagues together and could win their fourth and the club’s fifth in Berlin.
Asked about the calf strain that saw him finishing the weekend’s cup final with an ice pack strapped to his leg Iniesta, who did not train with his team-mates on Tuesday, said: ‘It’s not in my head not to not play on Saturday.’
And having emphatically declared himself ready and at the disposal of Enrique he spoke about the huge added motivation Barcelona players feel as they try to win the club’s second treble in six years in Xavi’s last ever game for the club.
‘It will be the greatest way for him to leave,’ Iniesta said. ‘The image of him lifting the European Cup would be the perfect finale. This is a game where you almost don’t need extra motivation but that is certainly one.’
Asked to compare the Barcelona captain with his opposite number in Juventus’ midfield, Andrea Pirlo, Iniesta added: ‘For me Xavi is the number one, there is no question’.
Both players remember watching Barcelona win their first European Cup in 1992 at Wembley. ‘I was at home,’ said Xavi. ‘I wanted to go but I was not allowed. My brothers went but I watched on telly.’ Iniesta added: ‘I remember watching the first and I hope I can be part of the fifth.’

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