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FC Barcelona News: 21 August 2021; All set for Athletic trip, Pedri gets two-week vacation

A round-up of the latest Barcelona news and rumors

FC Barcelona v Real Sociedad - La Liga Santander Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images

PREVIEW | Athletic Club v FC Barcelona - FC Barcelona
After the 4-2 defeat of Real Sociedad on the opening day, Barça face another Basque opponent in their first road trip of the campaign. Athletic Club are the side they comfortably beat 4-0 in last season’s Copa del Rey Final, but they have not always had such an upper hand in recent encounters.

23 man squad for trip to Bilbao - FC Barcelona
First away trip of the season and a tough test in San Mamés against Athletic Club. Marcelino García Toral's team are always tough opponents in their own stadium and the fans will be back at their famous ground for the first time this season after Athletic drew 0-0 away at Elche in their first fixture of the 2021/22 league campaign.

Eric Garcia, Memphis and Royal on their first few weeks - FC Barcelona
Not one, not two, but three Barça players, all of whom are new to the squad this year, have been talking to the press this week: Eric Garcia to Mundo Deportivo, Memphis to El Periódico and Royal to Sport.

Pedri to have a break after Athletic game - FC Barcelona
"We have been thinking for a while about what is best for Pedri. Against Athletic Club he will feature but after that he will have a two week break." That is what FC Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman announced in Friday's press conference ahead of the trip to San Mamés in La Liga.

One year with Pedri - FC Barcelona
Friday marks the anniversary of Pedri’s official presentation as an FC Barcelona player on 20 August 2020. At the time, the then 17-year-old said that "I am looking forward to developing my game with the best players in the world.” Twelve months on, and it’s safe to say that he has achieved just that.