Fact-check: Barca have had a much easier training schedule than Madrid this season
- Barca only had one session to prepare for Celta game - on Friday afternoon.
- All in all, the team has had 26 days of rest since the start of the season in July.
- To compare: Real Madrid have had 17 days off across the same period of time.
Barcelona's training schedule has risen some questions among the fans and experts alike. For example, to prepare for Celta clash Barca players only have one session: on Friday afternoon.
This is why Marca have decided to compare the schedules of Barcelona and Real Madrid so far this season to find out if there is any kind of trend going on.
According to Madrid-based news outlet, Barca players have gotten almost a month of rest since the start of the campaign in July while their counterparts from Madrid only had just two and a half weeks off in the same period of time.
All in all, Barca had 26 days when they weren't playing or training while Madrid only had 17 such days.
Here are both teams' schedules visualised by Marca, the days framed blue indicate Los Blancos' days off while the red-framed ones are Barca's:
Ernesto Valverde has explained the situation with the alleged lack of training during the press conference ahead of Celta game.
"We prepared for the Slavia game with two training sessions," Valverde said. "That has been usual all season. There's no more. The week does not go for more. I don't know, maybe the Chinese calendar has eight days but we have seven."
Well, maybe Madrid are ones using the Chinese calendar...