Barcelona will face Nàstic de Tarragona in the first game of the preseason. The culé club has already been training for a week with players whose vacations have not been altered as a result of an international tournament, be it the Eurocup, the Olympic Games or the America’s Cup.
A rival like Nàstic is a great fit for Koeman’s team to test certain pieces and gears that may be essential for the coming season. It is also an ideal time to test these new players on the field of play who have already trained with the first team such as Memphis Depay. Eric García, Emerson and Kun Agüero do not reach this first friendly.
The match will be played today Wednesday, July 21 at 7:00 p.m. at the Johan Cruyff stadium. An important detail will be the presence of the public, as Barcelona put the tickets on sale on its official website from € 24. People who cannot go to the stadium will be able to watch it on television from the Barça TV channel.
This part of the season is a key moment for those players who are on the starting ramp but have not yet found a club to go to. This importance stems from two reasons: firstly, they still have the ability to convince the Dutch coach that his future at the club is not an odyssey, and secondly; completing a good preseason is essential for the rest of the teams in Europe to notice you.
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Taking into account the countless casualties of those players who have not yet joined training, we expect Koeman to get an eleven similar to the following:
Neto, Dest, Umtiti, Piqué, Balde, Pjanic, Riqui Puig, Sergi Roberto, Manaj, Demir and Collado.
This will be the team with which Barça will try to start a season on the right foot. Good game and good results is what is required of a team that is in a clear upward process.