Barcelona and Real Madrid return home after summer tours

20:11, August 09, 2010      

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FC Barcelona returned to Spain in the early hours of Monday morning following its successful tour of the Far East.

Barcelona arrived at the city's el Prat airport at 8am local time. The team coached by Pep Guardiola ended its tour with a 3-0 win over Beijing Guoan in Beijing.

The most successful side of Barcelona's pre-season to date has been the performance of the youngsters that Guardiola took on tour to cover for the absent World Cup winners, Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta and company, who were still enjoying a well-earned holiday.

Players such as Jonathan Dos Santos, Sergio Roberto, who scored against Guoan and Oriol have pressed their case to be given more first team chances this season. Meanwhile striker Zlatan Ibrahimovich is finding his form after a difficult summer when it appeared he would be leaving the club.

Frustratingly for Barcelona, seven of the club's eight world champions fly to Mexico today to prepare for Spain's friendly in the Aztec Stadium on Wednesday.

The club has already complained that leaves them little time to prepare for the first leg of the Spanish Supercup, which is to be held in Sevilla's Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium on Saturday August 14.

The return leg will be held in the Camp Nou stadium a week later, by which time Barcelona's first team will be in condition to defend the BBVA Primera Liga title it has won for the past two seasons.

Real Madrid returned home from its trip to the USA late on Sunday night. Jose Mourinho's side won its two friendly games, but had to fight back from 2-0 down before beating the LA Galaxy 3-2 in the early hours of Sunday morning (Spanish time).

Gonzalo Higuain scored twice to maintain his excellent pre-season, while new signing Pedro Leon added the winning goal.

Mourinho ended the tour by saying that the squad needed to sign another striker and an experienced defender before the season kicks off at the end of the month.

Real Madrid's pre-season continues in northern Europe next week with friendly matches against Bayern Munich and Standard Liege.

Source: Xinhua


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