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After an eight-day break, Barcelona return to action, as they prepare to take on Athletic Club away from home, in what should be a cracking Copa tie at San Mamés. Xavi’s side come off the back of a narrow defeat to Real Madrid in the Supercopa Semi-Finals, whereas Marcelino’s Athletic were also defeated by Real Madrid in their previous fixture, in the Final instead.

Barcelona will be looking to claim their 32nd Copa del Rey title this season, and will be aware of the difficulty of tomorrow’s clash. However, Xavi’s side should be feeling hopeful of progression to the next round, as the likes of Pedri, Ferran Torres and Ansu Fati are all in line for starts, with Xavi’s options widening, and Barcelona’s football progressing.

Athletic Club are in giant-killing mood once more, having knocked out Atlético de Madrid in the Semi-Finals of the Supercopa one week ago, although they were narrowly defeated by Real Madrid in the Final. Marcelino’s side relish these sorts of clashes, and will be feeling confident of producing another monstrous performance in front of their home fans at San Mamés.

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