Wednesday night at the Camp Nou is the only thing on the Barça players’ minds at the moment. Athletic Club go into the Copa del Rey second leg with a 2-1 lead, so there is plenty of work to be done if they want to go into the draw for the quarter finals.

So, just like on Monday, and with a frustrating 1-1 draw with Villarreal fresh in the memory too, there was a special intensity at training this morning. The weather was as cold and blustery as it has been of late in the city, but there is a job to be done and it’s a job that the players are taking very seriously indeed.

They have won the last two editions of the cup and are fully determined to make it three in a row – something that hasn’t been done for over half a century since Barça won the cup every year from 1951 to 1953.

All of the available first team players were involved in the session that got under way shortly after 11.00am CET at the Ciutat Esportiva, after which Luis Enrique made his way to the pressroom to speak to the media about tomorrow’s cup match.

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