Rakitic in training on Wednesday morning / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB

Barça are enjoying a perfect final fortnight in the build-up to the new league season. Following their return from Helsinki on August 9 until the league kicks off on August 24, the team will have had 14 free days for training , with just the single friendly, next Monday’s Gamper Trophy against  Club León

The time is being well used by Luis Enrique as he puts his players through their paces at the Ciutat Esportiva and with the relatively short trip to Villarreal for the second league game – normally made by train - and the international break at the start of September, the side won’t have to take a plane until the first Champions League group game on September 16 or 17, or the league game against Llevant in Valencia – 40 days after they returned from Helsinki.

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