Arrive in style! Barcelona stars including Robert Lewandowski and Frenkie de Jong arrive at Manchester airport wearing grey turtle necks as they prepare to face crunch Europa League clash against Man United without Gavi and Pedri
Barcelona players and staff have arrived at Manchester Airport ahead of their Europa League clash with Manchester United on Thursday evening.
The Catalan giants shared a video on their social media channels after landing in Manchester on Wednesday of the players walking through the airport.
It has captured key players such as Robert Lewandowski, Frenkie de Jong, Jules Kounde, Andreas Christensen, Raphinha and many others dressed in grey turtle neck jumpers and coats, as they arrive in plenty of time to prepare for their second-leg tie at Old Trafford.
Boss Xavi is also pictured following the team off the plane wearing a rain coat with a Louis Vuitton suitcase and a Prada back pack.
Many of the players were stopped for pictures and autographs after wandering out the other end of the airport, with some fans waiting in their Barcelona shirts to see them arrive.
Barcelona stars Robert Lewandowski and Andreas Christensen walk through the airport after arriving in Manchester
The players including Frenkie de Jong (right) were all wearing grey turtle necks and coats
Xavi was captured with a Louis Vuitton suitcase and a Prada backpack getting off the plane
Three stars that were missing were key players from the footage were Gavi, Pedri and Ousmane Dembele, who have not been named in Xavi’s squad for the trip due to injury.
Dembele remains sidelined with a hamstring injury, Pedri has a similar injury that he picked up in the first leg of the tie, where Barcelona managed to nick a late 2-2 draw thanks to Raphinha.
Gavi on the other hand is serving a suspension and therefore is also unavailable for the second-leg, as they bid to progress into the last-16 of the competition.
They have, however, been boosted by the return of experienced midfielder Sergio Busquets – who was also pictured walking through the airport.
Defender Jules Kounde (pictured) stopped to sign a few autographs for fans at the airport
Ansu Fati (left) and Raphinha (right) were captured with their coats zipped up as they walked
Boss Xavi is not phased by the upcoming challenge, although he singled out four Red Devils stars that his side will have to look out for in the second-leg prior to them boarding the plane to England.
‘He [Ten Hag] is very good, I like him a lot,’ Xavi told The Times. ‘He has built a team and is getting the best out of all his players. That speaks well of him.
‘Tactically he is very good and he handles the dressing room very well.
‘He is getting all the talent out of his players. You see [Jadon] Sancho, [Marcus] Rashford, the Portuguese guy [Bruno Fernandes]. And look how Fred is playing.’