Barça helicopters welcomed in Ceuta
FC Barcelona’s squad have landed in Ceuta after their unique trip by helicopter and they were met by around 200 people while another large group then welcomed them as they arrived at their hotel ahead of the Copa del Rey encounter.
The Blaugrana are preparing to play Ceuta for the first time in ten years and their visit to the
area has caused a stir with fans celebrating the team’s arrival. Pep Guardiola and his
players arrived in style as they flew across the water from the Spanish mainland in a helicopter.
Photographers were on at the landing pad to record the faces of the
Barça stars as they touched down in the aircraft that has caused numerous headlines in the
build-up. With each helicopter having between 12 and 14 seats José Manuel Pinto, Adriano, Carles
Puyol ,Éric Abidal, Maxwell, Javier Mascherano, Seydou Keita, Miño, Guardiola and Tito Vilanova
flew in one while Bojan Krkic, Pedro, Jeffren, Marc Bartra, Fontàs, Thiago, Jonathan Dos Santos and
Nolito flew in the second.
After waiting for half an hour at Málaga airport the players boarded
the choppers and enjoyed a seamless flight across the Mediterranean before being greeted in style
in Ceuta. The squad disembarked and then headed to their hotel base for the day, where another set
of supporters were on hand to give them a warm welcome.
It will be a long day for everyone involved as the game kicks off at
22:00. The party left Camp Nou at 09:15 on the coach to head to the airport and the charter flight
flew them down to Málaga. President Sandro Rosell has also travelled along with directors Josep
Ramon Vidal-Abarca and Susana Monje and sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta.