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Madrid closing the gap on Barca

Updated: August 12, 2011, 12:30 AM ET
By Graham Hunter | Special to ESPN.com

While FC Barcelona answered every footballing question asked of it last season, the inquiry it currently faces is one known to and hated by almost every schoolchild who ever wrote an essay on returning from vacations.

"What did you do in your summer holidays?" catches out the dull of mind, the reluctant students who wish they were still swimming, relaxing or sleeping in, and those who just aren't back into the swing of things.

So it may be when Pep Guardiola's ...

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