Barcelona take on Gimnastic Tarragona this week
Barcelona begin their preparations for a crucial new season this week as they take on Gimnastic Tarragona in a pre-season friendly at the Estadi Johan Cruyff on Wednesday. The two Catalan sides have traditionally played a friendly in July and will look to seize the initiative in this match.
Gimnastic Tarragona plied their trade in Segunda Division B last year and can pack a punch on their day. The Catalan outfit is making a few changes to its squad this year and will be intent on proving its mettle this week.
Barcelona, on the other hand, seem a resurgent force under Ronald Koeman and will need to win silverware this season. The Blaugrana are equipped with a blend of youth and experience this year and have a point to prove in the coming weeks.
Barcelona vs Gimnastic Tarragona Team News
Barcelona have a depleted squad
Pedri is representing Spain at the Olympics and will be unable to feature in this game. Ansu Fati, Philippe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembele, and Marc-Andre ter Stegen are currently recovering from long-term injuries and have been ruled out of this match.
Frenkie de Jong, Memphis Depay, and Antoine Griezmann joined Barcelona’s training sessions this week but are unlikely to play a part in this match. Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets, and Jordi Alba are enjoying extended breaks after a gruelling summer of international football.
Alex Collado and Nico Gonzalez have been training with the first team and will be given opportunities to impress this week. Barcelona have also signed Austrian wonderkid Yusuf Demir and the starlet could make an appearance in this match.
Injured: Ansu Fati, Philippe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembele, Marc-Andre ter Stegen
Doubtful: Frenkie de Jong, Memphis Depay, Antoine Griezmann, Clement Lenglet
Unavailable: Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets, Ronald Araujo
Gimnastic Tarragona have a point to prove
Gimnastic Tarragona have made changes to their squad this summer and will look to their new recruits for inspiration in this match. The away side has plenty of work to do to stand a chance against Barcelona.
At what time does the match between Barcelona and Gimnastic Tarragona kick off?
India: 21st July 2021, at 10:30 PM
USA: 21st July 2021, at 1 PM (Eastern Standard Time), 12 PM (Central Standard Time), 10 AM (Pacific Standard Time)
UK: 21st July 2021, at 6 PM
Where and how to watch Barcelona vs Gimnastic Tarragona on TV?
India: Not Available
USA: ESPN App
UK: Sky Sports
How to watch live streaming of Barcelona vs Gimnastic Tarragona?
India: Barca TV+
USA: ESPN+, Barca TV+
UK: BarcaTV+, Sky Sports