By Ollie Irish
Barcelona were forced to make a four-hour dash to Pamplona to fulfil their Liga fixture at Osasuna on Saturday evening. Barca officials were convinced the game would be called off because of the air traffic controllers’ strike in Spain, but the Spanish Football Federation told Barca – at the eleventh hour – that they would forfeit the points if they failed to turn up. Not the red-carpet treatment the Catalan club is used to.
So Pep Guardiola’s side had to take a train to Zaragoza before making the final 200km journey to the Reyno de Navarra