Ash cloud threat to Barca plans

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Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has revealed the Catalan club will wait for Tuesday's forecast from the Grimsvotn volcano before deciding when they travel to London for the Champions League final against Manchester United on Thursday.

Barca were forced to travel by bus to Milan to face Inter in the semi-final of last year's competition after flights were cancelled due to the ash cloud which covered much of western Europe.

And Guardiola is hoping for the best this time around as another erupting Icelandic volcano threatens to cause flight disruption over the UK. "I hope the volcano sleeps a little bit longer," Guardiola said.

The ash has already caused cancellations to flights over Scottish airspace from Tuesday and could affect the plans of both the team and their fans, many of whom will travel on the day of the match.

"The important thing is that they tell us; whatever they say we'll do with the maximum anticipation possible," Guardiola said.

"If they tell us we can't risk the trip then we'll travel Tuesday or the day after. If not, we'll travel like we planned - we will not take any risks."

Guardiola believes UEFA will go ahead with the final, though, even if the fans are unable to travel.

"The final will be on Saturday," he said. "UEFA won't change the date of the final.

"We will play even if the stadium is half empty, but that would be sad.

"Let's hope that the volcano doesn't disrupt travel plans of all the fans who want to go."

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