Today we have two friendly matches on the agenda. The first is FC Barcelona vs Manchester United, being played in Göteborg, Sweden at 20:00 (2 pm EDT). The game is being shown in Spain on TV3 and GolTV. Someone else will have to check if any TV channel in the US will be showing it.
Tito has called up the entire squad available to him, including Jordi Alba who is back from his mini-vacation. Villa and Fontas both have the medical green light and may even see some action. Adriano has also recovered from his ankle injury. Jonathan Dos Santos is still suffering from a sprain and did not travel with the team. Four Barçelona B players have also been called up: Rafinha, Sergi Roberto, Tello, and Ilie.
Speaking of Barça B, they will play the first of their two games scheduled in England this evening (20.45h, 2:45 pm EDT), when they take on Huddersfield Town, who are newly promoted to the Championship League. It’s not quite Stoke, but a wet night in West Yorkshire might be a good substitute. Barça B will be missing a few of its key players who are with the first team, and there are several new players who have been brought in and not had much chance to train, so I wouldn’t expect this to be a brilliant match. Good experience for the youngsters, though. It also seems that forward Rodri has not been called up for this friendly. You may draw your own conclusions from that.
Our mods are experimenting with new liveblog formats and hope to have something worked out by match time, but in the meantime don’t be surprised if you see new posts appear and disappear again.
UPDATE! Official Barcelona starting lineup: Valdes – Alves Puyol Mascherano Adriano – Sergi Roberto Busquets Iniesta – Alexis Messi Tello