It’s rare when top European football clubs stop their matches to compete during a mid-season friendly match, but that’s exactly the case Barcelona as well as Man City are doing as the two teams meet in the Camp Nou on Wednesday.
The teams will be gathered for a charity event to help an assistant coach who was formerly Pep Guardiola’s. The game being called “A Superb Game for an Greater Cause.”
Man City & Barcelona Starting Campaigns With Mixed Outcomes:
Both clubs have started their league campaign with mixed outcomes. Man City were held by Newcastle in a tense 3-3 draw this Sunday Premier League action, while Barcelona was beaten by a 0-0 score at the start of the La Liga opener before bouncing back to win 4-1 against Real Sociedad.
Each team will have an impressive starting lineup because the two teams want to perform in support of a shared acquaintance and a colleague.
What is the reason Man City playing Barcelona in friendly matches?
The event is being held to help fund ALS research in the name the former Pep Guardiola assistant Juan Carlos Unzue, who was diagnosed with the disease in the early months of 2020.
Unzue served as an assistant in Barcelona between 2003 and 2010, and later from 2014 to 2017. He was a co-worker with Guardiola during his time at the club between 2007 to 2010, and was then sacked as director of Numancia. Unzue later took over Racing Santander before joining Celta Vigo as an assistant manager and after that back to Barcelona.
The 55-year-old was in the charge of Celta Vigo as well as Girona until his illness forced him to step down. Unzue also had a brief stint with Barcelona throughout his playing career, appearing in five games in goalkeeping for the club between 1988 and 1990.
The ticket sales and match funds will go to ALS research The game will benefit Luzon Foundation. Luzon Foundation.
A BENEFIT MATCH FOR THE LUZON FOUNDATION:
Win, lose, or draw, tomorrow’s match is much more than a game. We’re all united in the fight against ALS 💚
We can’t wait to see you tomorrow at Spotify Camp Nou, @ManCity! Let’s do this together 🤝
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) August 23, 2022
Barcelona vs. Man City TV channel, live stream
|Australia||Thu, Aug 25||05:30 AET||—||BarcaTV+, City+, Man City Recast|
|Canada||Wed, Aug 24||15:30 ET||—||BarcaTV+, City+, Man City Recast|
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|UK||Wed, Aug 24||20:30 BST||—||BarcaTV+, City+, Man City Recast|
|USA||Wed, Aug 24||15:30 ET||CBS Sports Network||fuboTV|
USA: Champions League broadcaster CBS Sports Network will be carrying the match in the USA with that channel available to stream on fuboTV.
International The club game will be streamed around the world through the clubs’ streaming services.
Barcelona is making the game accessible via BarcaTV+, while Man City will make the game available on both clubs’ streaming channels City+ and Man City Recast.
City+ is a season-long subscription that gives you access to every Man City content, similar to BarcaTV+, while Recast is a less expensive subscription that is paid-per-view through Man City, the Premier League side.
🥰 Juan Carlos Unzué, de visita en la Ciutat Esportiva del @FCBarcelona
🤝 Mañana los culés se enfrentarán al @ManCity en un amistoso benéfico
💪 Se recaudarán fondos para la investigación de la ELA
📻 #PartidazoCOPE pic.twitter.com/4rzWSWyOMS
— El Partidazo de COPE (@partidazocope) August 23, 2022
Barcelona against. Man City lineups & team information
Barcelona was unable to compete with a fierce Real Sociedad side through the first half of the game last weekend however, Ansu Fati’s debut in the second half brought about a change in the game and led for the Blaugrana to a victory of 4-1.
Robert Lewandowski scored his first two Barcelona goals in the bounce-back win, which included the first 44 seconds of the match. Xavi has plenty of attacking options available to the Polish striker It’s a chance to roll the dice in each game to decide which team he’ll choose in the end.
There aren’t any injuries in the moment that the Barca boss to address however the future of Pierre-Emerick’s Aubameyang is in the air, given it is possible that he will transfer to Chelsea. The Gabonese striker is in the starting line-up and is joined by Lewandowski in the reserve.
Although he isn’t yet registered to play in La Liga play, defender Jules Kounde features at the back as well as Sergio Busquets returns from suspension during Barcelona’s final league game with La Real. In addition to Busquets, there will be Frenkie de Jong, whose transfer is still in the midst of a lengthy dispute.
Barcelona starting lineup (4-3-3): Pena (GK) — Alba, Pique, Kounde, Roberto — Kessie, Busquets, de Jong — Torres, Aubameyang, Raphinha.
Barcelona subs (14): Ter Stegen (GK), Tenas (GK), Dest, Araujo, Christensen, Garcia, Balde, Pjanic, Pedri, Gavi, Torre, Depay, Lewandowski, Dembele.
ASSURANCE GIVEN FROM THE MANAGER MANCHESTER CITY:
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has assured fans that the team will use a solid starting squad after the announcement about the match, “We’re going to bring all the big guns, so don’t be worried.”
There are however some injuries that those in the Premier League side to contend with. Particularly, Nathan Ake picked up an injury early against Newcastle on Sunday. He was unable to not accompany the team to Barcelona and was substituted with Ruben Dias Tyneside.
Aymeric Laporte is said to be near to returning from his lengthy ACL strain, however he isn’t yet ready. Jack Grealish missed the Newcastle game due to a knock and despite traveling to Spain to play in the game however, his status remains unclear.
Man City most recent starting lineup (4-3-3): Ortega (GK) — Lewis, Walker, Dias, Gomez — Phillips, Silva, Palmer — Mahrez, Alvarez, Foden.
Man City subs (12): Ederson (GK), Carson (GK) and Wilson-Esbrand Stones, Cancelo, Mbete, Gundogan, Rodri, Bobb, De Bruyne, Knight, Haaland
.@PepTeam meets Juan Carlos Unzue ahead of tomorrow’s match 💚#ManCity | #TeamALS pic.twitter.com/wa9xQ2UpbS
— Manchester City (@ManCity) August 23, 2022