There are no friendlies for Barça. This Tuesday, in the final against Bayern Munich, once again Barça captivated the Allianz Arena, showing that their style, despite missing several key players, remains intact. Possession and control of the game, Guardiola’s players best weapons, and 2 goals from Thiago, sealed the victory.
At this stage, at the start of the preseason, winning or losing games or tournaments is "secondary" for Pep Guardiola. He acknowledged this once the game with Bayern Munich was over and they had won the Audi Cup. In this way Guardiola takes from these two days in Munich the fact that he has had the opportunity to "play the games with players who I haven’t seen. Everyone has met our performance requirements, and we have been faithful to our style".
The squad and the accompanying press corps were the last passengers to embark and the plane took off for the States, arriving in Washington at 03.15 local time . There’s a long day ahead for the squad, with a gentle training session and then a press conference to present the game against Manchester United both scheduled for the first day of the Tour. There will also be the signing of an agreement with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the inauguration of the Penya de Washington DC.
Karim Benzema scored twice and Cristiano Ronaldo added a third with a superb free kick to give Real Madrid a 3-1 win over Hertha Berlin in a friendly. Patrick Ebert delighted a capacity home crowd of 74,244 at the by putting Hertha ahead in the 18th minute. But Ronaldo then drilled his free kick from the edge of the area under the crossbar and Benzema secured the win for Jose Mourinho's side on Wednesday.
Arsenal are closing in on the £17.5million signing of Juan Mata from Valencia, a transfer which should clear the way for Cesc Fabregas to complete his move to Barcelona. Fabregas is not training with the Arsenal first team and manager Arsene Wenger has no plans to include him in his squad for the Emirates Cup this weekend.
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho's appeal against his five-match touchline ban will be heard at UEFA's headquarters on Friday.
Hernández spent Wednesday evening in his hotel room in New Jersey after being released from hospital. Although medical staff found no major damage, Ferguson has confirmed the Hernández will not play for a couple of weeks, even though he will continue to train and remain on tour.