Inter show support for stranded Barcelona by offering up training facilities

Over 1,000 fans turned out to watch the Blaugrana being put through their paces at the Nerazzurri's Centro Sportivo Giacinto Facchetti as the team were left grounded by strikes
Barcelona trained at the facilities of Inter's youth team academy on Thursday after being unable to return home because of a general strike in Spain.

The Catalans, who drew 0-0 with AC Milan in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie at San Siro on Wednesday, staged a 90-minute session at the Centro Sportivo Giacinto Facchetti which, according to Inter's official website, drew a crowd of over 1,000 fans.

However, star attraction Lionel Messi and the rest of those involved in the game at the Giuseppe Meazza only played a minor role in the workout.

Inter technical director Marco Branca, sporting director Piero Ausilio and youth academy director Roberto Samaden were all in attendance and spoke afterwards with Barca coach Pep Guardiola.

Barcelona, who have complained to Uefa about the state of the pitch at the Giuseppe Meazza on Wednesday, welcome the Italian champions to Camp Nou for the return leg next Tuesday.

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