FC Barcelona landed in Japan on Monday morning after a 13 hour and 16 minute flight. The Blaugrana players took advantage of the time to sleep, while others preferred to play videogames or more traditional games like Ludo.
Barcelona’s players received the news, during their flight, that Real Madrid had lost 1-0 against Villarreal. After the draw with Deportivo on Saturday, it was important for the players that Rafa Benitez’s team did not earn three points.
The squad left at 10am from El Prat airport on Sunday, accompanied by several figures from the board. A little before they departed they found out they would be facing Guangzhou Evergrande in the Club World Cup semi-final, after they saw off Club America 2-1.
Jordi Cardoner, Didac Lee and Jordi Mestre were present, along with president Josep Maria Bartomeu, plus sporting directors Robert Fernandez and Ariedo Braida.
Japan are eight hours ahead of Barcelona. The team doctors recommend a change of mentality. Once your plane sets off, it’s important to adopt the Japanese timetable. The fundamental result is in a change of meal times.
They should eat and sleep with Japanese hours, forgetting that in Barcelona it would just be the afternoon. Luis Enrique’s team will train on Monday in Japan to start to prepare for the game on Thursday.