One can easily tell that football is not a sport that has gripped the United States when the undeniable champions of Europe are freely roaming the streets with no fans harassing them for photos or autographs, which is exactly the situation in Washington, DC. The FC Barcelona squad arrived this morning at 3:30am, and is settling comfortably into their quarters, following their victory in the Audi Cup yesterday.
The squad arrived for their Turkish Airlines US Tour of the United States, where they will face off with Manchester United, Team Mexico and FC Guadalajara as part of the World Football Challenge. Unfortunately striker, Lionel Messi will be missing from the roster as he is still on vacation following Copa America, but all the other starters are in town and ready to show the world that they are once again ready to be crowned champs.
In a press conference this morning, Gerard Pique and Xavi opened up about the preseason, winning the Champions League last year and how they believe they match up to Manchester United. Pique and Xavi had opposing opinions on their road to victory last year, while Pique believed that they were lucky in their quest, and that he believes there is not a big difference between the two teams; “To be fair, we are at the same level. Perhaps they will beat us on Saturday; we just have to give our all”. Xavi on the other hand did not agree that they were merely lucky on their road to Champions League victory, he believed that they had worked hard and deserved it; “I think we were better, but from here to the future you just don’t know.”
Both players did agree that striker Messi would be missed during the tour, but that he deserved the break after Copa America to rest up for the long season ahead. Manchester United will also be without Chicharito, who incurred a concussion while training for their match against the MLS All Stars.
Both seemed relaxed and ready to get the season started, hopeful of another successful year for FC Barcelona- Mes Que un Club.
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