Barcelona will face Juventus on Sunday without superstar Lionel Messi, who has officially confirmed his exit from the spanish club.
According to reports, Barcelona invited Juventus to play the Joan Gamper Trophy at the Camp Nou in an attempt to get the two greatest footballers on the planet, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to share the pitch in hopes of raising money from TV revenue and ticket sales.
That move, however, has gone completely sideways as the Argentine has left the team, pursuing a possible move to Paris-Saint Germain.
Today’s match is ahead of the final preseason test for Ronald Koeman’s team before the league begins next Sunday against Real Sociedad at Camp Nou.
For the game the Dutch coach Ronald Koeman has called up 21 players; Dest, Piqué, R. Araujo, Sergio, Riqui Puig, Griezmann, Pjanic, Memphis, Braithwaite, Neto, Coutinho, Jordi Alba, S. Roberto, E. Royal, Umtiti, Iñaki Peña, Demir, Nico, R. Manaj, Balde and Collado.
Philippe Coutinho has been passed fit to return to action but Clément Lenglet and Sergio Agüero are both out.
The French defender has a tendon problem in his right knee and is ruled out with his return depending on his recovery.
The Argentine striker has a right calf injury and will undergo more tests to find out the exact extent of the injury.