Barcelona to forgo pre-season tour

Barcelona are set to follow Tito Vilanova’s example of two years ago and miss out on a pre-season tour next summer.

Given 2014 is a World Cup year, La Blaugrana are understood to be leaning towards more friendlies in Europe to reduce travel time and avoid injuries to key players, with the current build-up of absentees thought to be behind their thinking.

According to Catalunya Radio, the plan would be to mimic Vilanova’s preparations before the start of the 2012-13 campaign when Barca only travelled around Europe, with games in places such as Paris and Hamburg.

As a result, the Catalans may only organise matches that will allow them to make a round trip the same day.

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