Those of Xavi Hernández, who has not yet flown to Miami, will meet Inter Miami from Tuesday to Wednesday (2:00 a.m.).
MADRID, July 18 (EUROPA PRESS) –
FC Barcelona kick off their pre-season tour in the United States this Wednesday (2am/Barça TV) against Inter Miami, a game that will serve to shape a course that the Azulgrana are keen to face in good form of signings has been flooded in recent weeks.
Barça’s first hours in Miami were marked by the announcement of the arrival of Polish striker Robert Lewandowski after several weeks of “soap opera”. Finally, the Barça directors and Xavi are smiling and the ex-Bayern player is already in the group dynamic and ready to make his debut this Tuesday morning.
After announcing Raphina and waiting for other players to complete the Blaugrana squad like Jules Koundé and César Azpilicueta, Lewandowski has been the icing on the cake for Barcelona in the summer market so far and just in time to start the pre-season with everyone his companions. Even with the arrival of Kessié and Christensen, the wardrobe is essential to shaping a side looking to return to the top.
Whether the Pole has minutes against Inter Miami remains to be seen as he arrived in the North American city just hours ago. Just as we have to wait and see if Xavi Hernández is on the bench. The Catalan manager would arrive just in time to officiate that first game, taking a direct flight on Tuesday morning. The one from Terrassa couldn’t travel with the rest of the Blaugrana expedition this Saturday due to issues with his visa, which have already been resolved.
Furthermore, many eyes will be on Frenkie De Jong, who is surrounded by possible exit rumors, as well as other players who don’t seem to have Xavi’s confidence at the moment. Such is the case of Miralem Pjanic who has to convince the manager to get a place in the squad.
Thus, this first duel in the United States serves to set up the system and to get to know the players and to get acquainted with the requirements and the philosophy of the Terrassa trainer “made in” La Masía. The main goal will be to lubricate the machinery and gain the ex-soccer player’s trust.
This is the second game for the Azulgranas after Xavi’s new Barça drew with Unió Esportiva Olot (1-1) in a first friendly on Spanish soil that saw Kessié and young Pablo Torre debut as starters. Pedri and Ansu Fati also had minutes in a team full of youngsters and reserve players. It could be Raphina and Christensen’s premiere moment.
The Catalan team will test the synergies between veterans and newcomers against Inter Miami, a team of David Beckham that has dived in the middle of the MLS, so it will slow down its league commitments for this clash against Barça. This puts the North American team on a much more grounded footing, taking ninth place in the league after beating Charlotte (3-2).
Players well-known in Spanish football play at Inter Miami, such as former Real Madrid forward Gonzalo Higuaín, a white player for seven seasons; and former Betis and Rayo Vallecano footballer Alejandro Pozuelo.