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Mixed Feelings for Barcelona over Effects of International Break

Clubs dread international breaks—especially big clubs, as nearly all of their players are fixtures in their country's respective national squads. One reason is because of player fitness; not just the risk of injury while playing matches, but also problems with fatigue and jet lag following international flights. Injuries resulting from travel and its effects may not show up until the player is back with his club, while problems suffered because of playing on pitches that aren't up to the standard that teams like Barcelona maintain can be common.
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