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Barcelona vs Girona Club Friendly LIVE Football Score 24 Jul 2021

Barcelona vs Girona Club Friendly LIVE Football Score 24 Jul 2021

Match Info

Start date: 24 Jul 2021 22:00
Location: Barcelona Venue: Camp Nou

About the match

Barcelona will continue their preparations for the 2021-22 campaign with a pre-season clash against Segunda Division outfit Girona on Saturday night. Ronald Koeman’s side recorded a 4-0 win over Gimnastic in their first friendly of the summer on Wednesday, and the Catalan giants are building towards their La Liga opener against Real Sociedad on August 15.

Barcelona’s off-the-field issues have dominated a lot of the headlines this summer, and the club have still not been able to sign Lionel Messi to a new deal, which is far from ideal this close to the start of the season. Koeman’s team won last season’s Copa del Rey, but they were eliminated in the last-16 stage of the Champions League and finished third in La Liga, seven points behind the champions Atletico Madrid.

Barcelona started their preparations for next term with a 4-0 victory over Gimnastic on Wednesday, with 12 players making their debuts for the Catalan giants. Alejandro Balde, Yusuf Demir, Jordi Escobar, Peque Polo, Arnau Comas, Ramos Mingo, Gavi, Matheus Pereira, Igor Gomes, Rey Manaj, Moussa N’diaye and Nils Mortimer all appeared for the first team against Gimnastic, and Manaj scored a hat-trick in a brilliant performance.

Barcelona are due to face Girona, Stuttgart and Red Bull Salzburg in their next three friendlies before opening their 2021-22 La Liga season against Real Sociedad at Camp Nou, and it will be fascinating to see which XI lines up on the first weekend of the new campaign.

Girona, meanwhile, have been present in the Segunda Division – the second tier of Spanish football – since being relegated from La Liga at the end of the 2018-19 campaign. The White and Reds have finished fifth in the last two seasons and lost 3-2 to Rayo Vallecano in last year’s promotion playoff final, meaning that they will again be present in the Segunda Division in 2021-22.

Girona are due to open their season at home to Amorebieta on August 14, while they will also take on Las Palmas and Ponferradina before opening September with a clash against Sporting Gijon. Michel’s side have seen the likes of Jonas Ramalho, Kevin Soni and Antonio Luna move on this summer, while a number of players have returned following loan spells, and the club are expected to be busy in terms of incomings before the start of the new season, which is now just around the corner.

Barcelona are back in action with another pre-season friendly this weekend as they lock horns with Girona at the Estadi Johan Cruyff on Saturday. Barcelona have assembled an impressive squad this year and will be intent on making their mark in this match.

Girona suffered a devastating defeat against Rayo Vallecano in the Segunda Division promotion playoffs earlier this year and will have to spend another season in the second division. The away side can pack a punch on its day and will want to prove its mettle in this game.

Barcelona, on the other hand, have reinforced their squad in recent months and will want to settle on a robust team this month. The Catalan giants eased past Gimnastic Tarragona earlier this week and will want a similar result on Saturday.

Barcelona vs Girona Head-to-Head

Barcelona have an excellent record against Girona and have won four games out of a total of six games played between the two teams. Girona have managed only one victory against Barcelona and will need to step up in this match.

The previous meeting between the two teams took place in September last year and ended in a 3-1 victory for Barcelona. Girona were undone by Lionel Messi’s brilliance on the day and will breathe a sigh of relief in the Argentine’s absence this weekend.

Barcelona vs Girona Team News

Barcelona

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. Pedri, Eric Garcia, and Oscar Mingueza are representing Spain at the Olympics and will be unable to feature in this game.

Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets, and Jordi Alba are enjoying extended breaks after a gruelling summer of international football. Frenkie de Jong, Memphis Depay, and Antoine Griezmann joined Barcelona’s training sessions this week and could feature in this game.

Injured: Ansu Fati, Philippe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembele, Marc-Andre ter Stegen

Girona

Girona have a fully-fit squad at the moment and have made some changes in personnel this summer. The Catalans have a few impressive players in their ranks and will need to field their best team this weekend.

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