Barcelona stars have been hard at work in training as they prepare for the first leg of their Spanish Super Cup tie at home against Real Madrid.
A footage from the Daily Mail showed Ernesto Valverde، gearing up for his first season in charge of Barcelona، put his players through an intense session at the club's base on Thursday.
Lionel Messi، Jordi Alba، Samuel Umtiti and Arda Turan were all pictured training with their Barcelona team-mates as they aim to build up their fitness levels and sharpness ahead of the upcoming campaign.
Despite their physical exertions، some players still found time to crack a smile and relax as French centre back Umtiti was seen sharing a laugh with his team-mates.
Meanwhile، Barcelona mainstay Andres Iniesta was absent after he was given permission to miss training by former Athletic Bilbao manager Valverde.
The Catalan giants did not give a reason for the Spanish midfielder's absence on Thursday.
The 33-year-old، who played 60 minutes in Barcelona's 5-0 win over Chapecoense on Monday، was troubled by numerous knee، calf and abductor injuries last season.
Barcelona face arch rivals and La Liga champions Madrid in the first leg of Spain's traditional curtain raiser on Sunday at the Nou Camp.
Valverde will be desperate to get off to the perfect start with Barcelona and take an advantage going into the second leg at the Bernabeu on Wednesday، August 16.