Day two in Qatar and Carlo Ancelotti’s men were greeted yesterday by the presence of majority shareholder, Qatar’s Crown Prince Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi.
The two men viewed on from the sidelines in the company of Leonardo as the players were put through their paces in the morning session at the Aspire complex.
Ancelotti then spoke at his pre-match press conference and has been impressed with his squad’s preparation thus far:
“We’ve made quality preparation. I take in hand a team that is ahead of the championship. It shows all its quality. I will try to bring my personal touch. Like me, the club and the group are ambitious. We cannot talk about risk. The owner is quality, the project is exciting, I do not take this as a risk but a new challenge .” (Quotes courtesy of the club’s Official Site)
After another training session in the afternoon, the squad departed for Dubai – a flight that lasted little under an hour – where they will take on Italian giants AC Milan later on today at Al Ahli’s Rashid Stadium.
The group will participate in a light workout in the morning, hours prior to the game which kicks-off at 19:30 (15:30 GMT).
Below are some images from the day’s events.