Tokyo holiday for Barcelona before semi

Published: Dec 13, 2011, 08:42 IST | AFP

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola said yesterday he would give his men a brief holiday in Tokyo -- including a taste of the city's cuisine -- ahead of their Club World Cup semi-final match against Qatar's Al Sadd on Thursday.

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola said yesterday he would give his men a brief holiday in Tokyo -- including a taste of the city's cuisine -- ahead of their Club World Cup semi-final match against  Qatar's Al Sadd on Thursday.

Barcelona arrived in Tokyo late Sunday night. "I will give my players as much free time as possible," said Guardiola.

"I want them to relieve their accumulated fatigue before the match by reading books or otherwise relaxing themselves.

I will take them to go sightseeing in Tokyo around noon tomorrow," he said. "Especially, we want to eat a variety of genuine Japanese dishes."

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