Summer Tour: Bailey's Blog Day 3
- Mon 11 Jul 2011, 1:35AM
- Posted by Chris Bailey in Los Angeles
The heat has been turned up here in LA both physically and metaphorically.
Scorching sun greeted the latest training session in which everyone took part – and for the information of some news agencies back home, that included Mario Balotelli.
There is a relaxed air about the squad but an attitude of business too. There is no doubt that winning the FA Cup and vaulting straight into the Champions League group stage has boosted both belief and confidence.
There is a purpose and a gentle swagger about the work that is born of being winners.
Yesterday’s main aim for the web team was to capture some video interviews. We set up two studios outside the players’ dining room overlooking the adjacent Marina and the swimming pool. Experience dictates that the shorter journey you ask a player to complete, the more likely he is to make it!
I spoke at length to Nigel de Jong, who off camera was telling me of his planned shopping trip to Rodeo Drive, one of the glitziest retail roads in the world. He confessed that he hadn’t been sent with a list of ‘must bring home’ but that he is a shopper extraordinaire himself.
David Clayton at the same time had a chat with Vincent Kompany about his summer and reflections on last season and you can find that on the site now.
The great thing for us is that Roberto Mancini has locked down the training camp and hotel to all media outlets other than mcfc.co.uk and the lads are still in relaxed mood, though that might change on Monday when they begin double sessions - mornings at LMU and afternoons at Home Depot.
Sunday afternoon here was one the players and staff had off. Roberto and some of the other coaches chose to visit Malibu and many of the players headed to the baseball in LA.
As you may have read in Micah’s diary Joe Hart was pitching for the Dodgers and was watched by Adam Johnson, Gareth Barry, Vlad Weiss, Ryan McGivern, Micah, John Guidetti, David Silva, Denis Suarez, Stu Taylor, and James Milner.
After the game, who knows where they headed. I will endeavour to find out for you when they get back – there is an 11pm curfew (we are eight hours behind the UK) and the club has its own security guards here in LA.
Fans have been asking the composition of the travelling party and probably trying to work it out from our website, Facebook and Twitter coverage. We are happy to oblige. Here it is in full:
Goalkeepers: Joe Hart, Stuart Taylor, Eirik Johansen, and Loris Karius.
Defenders: Micah Richards, Jerome Boateng, Vincent Kompany, Joleon Lescott, Dedryck Boyata, Gael Clichy, Aleksander Kolarov, Ryan McGivern.
Midfield: Shaun Wright Phillips, Vladimir Weiss, James Milner, Gareth Barry, Yaya Toure, Nigel De Jong, David Silva, Adam Johnson, Denis Suarez.
Strikers: Mario Balotelli, Edin Dzeko, Andrea Mancini, John Guidetti.
Freddie Veseli and Stefan Savic are set to join up tomorrow when we intend to bring you interviews with Weiss and Gareth Barry and footage of Hart’s baseball debut and his reaction.