Guardiola knew about Barça's lack of fitness >> Read My Mind


FC Barcelona's current dip in form is not only expected, but planned, the Catalan media report.

FC Barcelona's current dip in form is not only expected, but planned, the Catalan media report.

Apparently, training has been much more physical than usual during the end of September and all of November so that the team can peak when playing against Real Madrid in La Liga and the Club World Cup later on in 2011.

Before the crucial El Clasico at the Santiago Bernabéu, the Blaugrana will play against Mallorca, Athletic Club Bilbao, Zaragoza, Getafe, Rayo and Levante. The Barça coaches decided to intensify the players' physical work now while facing these 'less dangerous' rivals.

This system has been used by FC Barcelona since Guardiola took charge back in 2008 and results speak for themselves: TWELVE out of 15 possible titles won since!!!

- I understand that our fitness simply can't be 100% at all times and I agree with main matches or months of the year being prioritised over others. I'm obviously unhappy about the many injuries in this short period but it sounds as if Guardiola and friends have it all under control.

IN PEP WE TRUST!!!!!!!