Iniesta, arriving at the Bilbao hotel / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

The first team is in their hotel in Bilbao, where they will stay until approximately an hour and a half before kickoff against Athletic Club. The Barça expedition, the 20 players named to Guardiola’s squad, left Barcelona this morning at 10 AM. Fifty five minutes after takeoff from El Prat the airplane landed in Bilbao. The players were welcomed by the Basque rain and a temperature of 12 degrees.

They didn’t travel alone

The Barça expedition was led by Club Vice President, Jordi Cardoner, and the directors Ramon Pont, Silvio Elías, and Josep Ramon Vidal-Abarca. As usual, the Sporting Director of Football, Andoni Zubizarreta, also accompanied the team. Zubizarreta played for Athletic Club for five seasons before signing for FC Barcelona.

Close to seventy supporters, the largest group to travel with the team in La Liga this season, also accompanied the team and Club members to Bilbao.

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