Xavi Hernández signing autographs in Australia

THE FLIGHT TOOK ALMOST A DAY

Barça is already in Sydney after the longest trip in its history

Published:24/05/2022 - 03:50h

Updated:24/05/2022 - 03:56h

FC Barcelona landed in Sydney on Tuesday after breaking a record of which, probably, neither the squad nor the coaching staff will be proud. The team traveled 17,000 kilometers in almost 24 hours of flight

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Immediately after the end of LaLiga the Sunday in Camp Nou in front of the Villarreal (defeat 0-2), the FC Barcelona undertook a record trip to Sídney to contest a friendly whose only aim has to see with the financial subject. The club split of Catalonia in a Boeing 787-9 in the morning of the Monday 23 May (2:00 a.m.) and it arrived to Australian floor the Tuesday to midnight (8:00 a.m. local), completing a total of 17.000 kilometres of flight, the longest trip fact by the club.

The 5 millions that will invoice the club for contesting a friendly against a combined of stars of the To-League well cost the sacrifice. The staff headed by Xavi Hernández was received by a crowd of fanatical, by which to the comitiva culé did not remain him of another that sign autographs after the exhausting flight of 22 hours. The travesía area extended because of a stop of repostaje in the city of Darwin, north of the Australian territory.

The only drops in the staff blaugrana were Riqui Puig, Óscar Mingueza, Martin Braithwaite and Clément Lenglet, all by technical decision, in addition to the lesionados Gerard Hammered, Eric García, Sergiño Dest, Sergi Roberto and Pedri. In his place, the technician egarense carried to several effective of the filial, between them Aranau Tenas, Álvaro Sanz, Mika Marmol, Jandro and Aranda. Of this way, the Barça will close the 2021-22 of an unusual form, in a festive environment by the celebration of the 'Live Sydney', musical festival that goes back after two years of suspension by the pandemia.

Party of 'sacked' for the Barça

For the Barça, the party will serve like farewell of several players that could abandon the club in summer, between them Samuel Umtiti, Adama Traoré, Luuk of Jong and Memphis Depay. In the case of Lenglet, Braithwaite, Mingueza and Riqui Puig, his farewell will produce far of the field, lamentably, although in the case of Riqui and Lenglet at least saw action the Sunday in front of the 'yellow Submarine'.

With a 'Accor Stadium' to pop (expect around 80.000 people), Xavi will bet by his eleven 'of gala' from the start, giving opportunity to the acting in the second time, between them some players of the filial. The XI of Xavi in Sídney could be: Ter Stegen, Dani Alves, Araújo, Umtiti yJordi Alba; Busquets, Frenkie and Gavi; Dembélé, Ferran and Aubamenyang. Of equal way, east could be the last party of 'Dembouz' and Dani Alves, whose future is still in the air.

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