Neymar Jr, just before leaving for Bilbao | MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

FC Barcelona have arrived in Bilbao. Luis Enrique’s men left El Prat airport at 10.00am CET and landed around an hour later ahead of tonight’s Copa del Rey last-16 first leg match against Athletic Club (9.15pm CET kick off).

Barça take on Ernesto Valverde’s side aiming to head towards their third successive cup haul.

Luis Enrique has called on 18 players for the trip, while goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen was unable to travel due to injury.


The squad is joined on the trip by vice-president Jordi Mestre and board members Enric Tombas and Oriol Tomàs.

The teams go into the two-legged affair on the back of comfortable wins in the previous round: Athletic defeated Racing Santander 5-1 on aggregate while Barça saw off Hércules 8-1.
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