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BarcelonaPreparations for the 2021-22 campaign begin on Wednesday as a third division team. Gymnastic get ready to travel to the Johan Cruyff Stadium for a friendly battle.
Ronald KoemanThe team will also face Girona and Stuttgart before the new season begins, but for the first time in 16 years, an Argentine will not be present at the club’s preseason matches.
While he secured a King’s Cup trophy during his first season at the helm, Koeman’s failed attempts for the La Liga crown and Champions League glory culminated in weeks of speculation about a possible new face in the game. Blaugrana bench.
The likes of Mikel Arteta, Joachim low and former great Catalan Xavi all were proposed to take over from the Dutchman, but Joan Laporta He has instilled his faith in Koeman for at least another 12 months as the 58-year-old looks to establish dominance for his team on both the national and continental levels once again.
After finishing seven points behind Spanish champion Atlético de Madrid and falling in a 5-2 aggregate loss to Paris Saint-Germain in the knockout stages of the Champions League, Koeman ideally would have liked to have plunged into a chest. of war for a busy summer of spending. But it hasn’t worked that way for cash-strapped Catalans.
While the likes of Sergio Aguero, Eric Garcia Y Memphis Depay Representing impressive blows in free transfers, the trio cannot register for La Liga action until Barca slashes their salary bill further, which could lead to a massive exodus of top earners in the coming weeks.
However, undoubtedly the biggest news from the Catalan side is the absence of Lionel messi – now officially a free agent after exhausting his contract with Barcelona – but negotiations over a new contract for the six-time Ballon d’Or winner continue to rumble in the background as Koeman keeps his eyes steadfast on Wednesday’s game.
As its name suggests, Gimnastic will need to produce an impressive array of tricks if they are to condemn Barcelona, albeit highly shaken and inexperienced, to an opening preseason defeat this week.
By taking part in the inaugural RFEF Primera División, Gimnastic is heading into the 2021-22 campaign after leading his former Segunda División B group last season, and has been rewarded with league matches against Barcelona’s youth setups, Real Madrid and Villarreal in the third division.
Newly appointed manager Raul agne will enjoy the opportunity to put his team’s ingenuity to the test against a crop of Barcelona youth this week before the league campaign begins, and this will be the first time Gimnastic has taken the field since he was humiliated by 4- 0 against Ibiza in May.
Gimnastic heads into Wednesday’s battle after succumbing to defeat in his last five competitive meetings with Barcelona, including a 10-1 humiliation in 1949, and Messi’s double along with goals from Ronaldinho, Carles Puyol Y Gianluca Zambrotta saw La Blaugrana win 5-1 when these teams last met in the 2006-07 La Liga season.
Messi’s exploits in the Copa América would have left him unavailable for this match even if he were registered as a Barcelona player, while players like Antoine Griezmann, Frenkie de Jong, Sergio Busquets Y Jordi Alba they are enjoying long breaks following their own international exploits.
PedriMeanwhile, he has gone from representing Spain at Euro 2020 to assisting his national team in their quest for glory at the Tokyo Olympics.
Ousmane DembéléThe knee injury suffered at Euro 2020 has ruled him out for at least four months, while Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Philippe Coutinho Y Ansu Fati they are recovering from their own long-term problems.
B Team players as Yusuf demir, Jordi Escobar Y Nico Gonzalez everyone has been training with the senior team and should buy some playing time here, but the recently rehired Kays Ruiz-Atil has tested positive for coronavirus.
Gimnastic has also been busy in the transfer market when it comes to free arrivals, with Pablo fernandez, Robert simon Y Edgar hernandez they all come for a new attack setup.
Former left-back for Villarreal and Blackpool Joan Oriol still strong at 34 but Fran miranda Y Gerard Oliva Both have moved to new pastures.
Possible starting line-up for Barcelona:
Pain; Comas, Piqué, Mingo; Dest, Pjanic, Puig, González, Balde; Escobar, Demir
Possible starting lineup for Gimnastic:
Garcia; Albarran, Domingo, Trilles, Oriol; Buyla, Fullana; Simón, Del Campo, Carbia; Martin
Correct Score: Barcelona 3-1 Gimnastic
A healthy mix of hopeful youngsters, seasoned professionals and underprivileged fringe players hope to impress Barcelona this week, and while the biggest news outside of Catalonia may still be what happens off the pitch rather than on, the full-back Koeman should open the preseason. with comfortable success.