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FC Barcelona wants to grow in morale ahead of Juventus

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FC Barcelona will play their fourth friendly of the pre-season this Tuesday (Wednesday at 2:30 a.m. in Spain) against another key rival such as Italy’s Juventus, against whom they hope to confirm the good feelings they leave in Clásico to have.

At the moment, the mood and morale of the Blaugrana team is through the roof. The signings made and his win and football last Saturday in Las Vegas beating Real Madrid 1-0 have brought back the smiles less than a month from the start of the official season.

Summer is supposed to set the figures, but it seems that Xavi Hernández manages to hit the key and his team remains undefeated and undefeated after three games that have gradually raised the level. He started with the unassuming Olot (0-1) and then prevailed with flying colors against Inter Miami (0-6) before sending a message to the current European champions, whom he dismantled.

All eyes are on Raphinha right now. The Brazilian winger shone in both of his games and his goal against the Madrid side caused a great deal of excitement among the ‘culé’ fans. The international could certainly come on as a substitute on that occasion, leaving his place to Ousmane Dembélé, who already knows he has competition on the right-wing.

It could also be a good opportunity to continue watching the adaptation by Robert Lewandowski. The Polish forward could already make his debut in the Classic where he was not so prominent and now he will try to demonstrate his scoring chances as soon as possible against the ‘Vecchia Signora’ who have another level ‘9’ in Dusan, Serbia Vlahovic.

Xavi remains without striker Ferran Torres, who is still recovering from his foot injury, and could once again test a defense waiting to find out whether Frenchman Jules Koundé will land or not. In the Clásico he opted for Ronald Araújo as a winger and the Uruguayan could return to central defense to join forces with Lars Christensen or Eric García or even a Frenkie de Jong whose future is unclear and it seems for now you must Find your minutes behind you.

Juventus have been a classic rival for the Blaugrana since pre-season and this Tuesday at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas will be the sixth time they meet in a summer friendly. The first were 3-2 and 1-0 wins in New York and Chicago in 1969, while there was a two-way draw in Boston in 2003 and another 2-1 win in New Jersey in 2017. The ‘Vecchia Signora’ has twice been a rival at the Joan Gamper, with a draw in 2005 (2-2) and a local win 3-0 last year.

The Torino side, who will also face Real Madrid and Atlético de Madrid this pre-season, arrive at a less competitive pace having played just one friendly against Mexico’s Guadalajara in a 2-0 win. Vlahovic didn’t play a minute, but his two main reinforcements did, Argentina’s Ángel di María and France’s Paul Pogba, who will eventually miss out with a knee problem, playing the first 45.

Source europapress.es

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