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Video: Luis Suarez plays brilliant prank on Neymar during Barcelona training

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Barcelona's squad of A-list stars has arrived in Manchester ahead of their Champions League fixture against City on Tuesday night.

And, judging by their antics this evening, it seems like the Spanish giants are in a relaxed mood as they look to secure top spot in Group C.

First we saw Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez embracing Halloween on their flight over to England and, during Barca's training session at the Etihad stadium, Suarez's mischievous mood continued at the expense of the third member of the 'MSN' strikeforce, Neymar.

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With less than 24 hours to go until kick off against Pep Guardiola's Manchester City side, Luis Enrique wasn't going to enforce an intense session on his Barcelona squad on Monday evening.

And, judging by a video that has emerged of the session, it was definitely more relaxed than usual.

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Unfortunately for Neymar, that meant he found himself as the butt of one classic training ground prank that anyone who has played Sunday league football will either have played, or been the victim of in their time.

It's not going to win any points for originality, but Suarez executed the old 'kicking the ball away' routine to perfection.

Whilst the Uruguayan clearly found it hilarious and Messi somehow managed to keep a straight face, it didn't look like their Brazilian teammate found the funny side. Indeed, for a split second, it looked like the 24-year-old was about to square up to Suarez.

Barcelona Training Session and Press Conference

The former Liverpool star mustn't have seen the recent video footage showing Neymar appearing to push an opponent down the stairs at half-time in Barcelona's recent win over Granada otherwise he might have thought twice about choosing the Brazil man as his target.

Then again, Neymar did set himself up perfectly for the prank as he moved to tie up his laces with his foot precariously balanced on the ball. 

Doing that in front of Suarez - a player not especially known for being able to maintain control of his urges at times during his career - was just asking for trouble.

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Whilst Barcelona's famous trio of forwards were in relaxed mood tonight, City fans and players will be well aware that 'MSN' will be focussed on the task at hand come Tuesday evening.

A win for Barcelona would ensure they progress to the knockout stages of the Champions League as group winners.

Lose, however, and they will be just two points ahead of City with two games to play.

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Topics:
La Liga
Luis Suarez
Football
Andres Iniesta
Lionel Messi
Barcelona
UEFA Champions League
Neymar

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