It’s not often that Europe’s top football clubs pause their campaigns to meet in a mid-season friendly, but that’s exactly what Barcelona and Man City are doing when the two meet at the Camp Nou on Wednesday.
The teams are coming together for a charity game to support a former assistant coach of Pep Guardiola, with the title of “A great game for a greater cause”.
Both clubs have started their league campaigns with mixed results. Manchester City were beaten by Newcastle in a wild 3-3 draw in Premier League action on Sunday, while Barcelona were whitewashed 0-0 in their first La Liga match before recovering for a 4-1 victory over the Royal Society.
Each team must field a strong starting line-up as the two clubs look to put on a show in support of a mutual friend and colleague.
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Why is Manchester City playing Barcelona in a friendly?
The match has been organized to support ALS research on behalf of Pep Guardiola’s former assistant, Juan Carlos Unzue, who was diagnosed with the disease in early 2020.
Unzue was an assistant at Barcelona from 2003 to 2010 and again from 2014 to 2017. He overlapped with Guardiola at the club from 2007 to 2010 before being hired as Numancia’s manager. Unzue then took charge of Racing de Santander before joining Celta de Vigo as an assistant and then returning to Barcelona.
The 55-year-old would take charge of Celta de Vigo and Girona before his health forced him to retire. Unzue also played briefly for Barcelona during his playing career, making five appearances for the club as a goalkeeper between 1988 and 1990.
All ticket sales and proceeds from games at the stadium will go towards ALS research, with the game benefiting the Luzon Foundation.
Win, lose or draw, tomorrow’s match is much more than a game. We are all united in the fight against ALS 💚
We can’t wait to see you tomorrow at Spotify Camp Nou, @town man! Let’s do this together 🤝
– FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) August 23, 2022
TV channel Barcelona vs. man city live streaming
|Australia||Autumn, August 25||05:30 ET||—||BarcaTV+, City+, Man City Recast|
|Canada||Wednesday, August 24||3:30 p.m. ET||—||BarcaTV+, City+, Man City Recast|
|Hong Kong||Autumn, August 25||03:30 HKT||—||BarcaTV+, City+, Man City Recast|
|India||Autumn, August 24||01:00 EST||—||BarcaTV+, City+, Man City Recast|
|Malaysia||Autumn, August 25||03:30 MYTH||—||BarcaTV+, City+, Man City Recast|
|New Zealand||Autumn, August 25||07:30 NZST||—||BarcaTV+, City+, Man City Recast|
|Singapore||Autumn, August 25||03:30 SST||—||BarcaTV+, City+, Man City Recast|
|United Kingdom||Wednesday, August 24||20:30 BST||—||BarcaTV+, City+, Man City Recast|
|USA||Wednesday, August 24||3:30 p.m. ET||CBS Sports Network||fuboTV|
USA: Champions League broadcaster CBS Sports Network will broadcast the match in the US with that channel available to stream on fuboTV.
International: The club friendly will be broadcast worldwide via both clubs’ premium streaming services.
Barcelona will make the match available via BarcaTV+, while Man City will make the match accessible on the club’s City+ and Man City Recast streaming services.
City+ is a season-long subscription service to access all Man City content, similar to BarcaTV+, while Recast is a cheaper pay-per-view subscription service offered by the Premier League team.
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🥰 Juan Carlos Unzué, visiting the Ciudad Deportiva del @FC Barcelona
🤝 Tomorrow the Catalans will face the @town man in a charity friendly
💪 Funds will be raised for ALS research
– The Great Match of COPE (@partidazocope) August 23, 2022
Lineups of Barcelona vs. Man City and team news
Barcelona struggled to come up against an energetic Real Sociedad team during the first half last weekend, but Ansu Fati’s The introduction early in the second half changed the game and led the Blaugrana to a 4-1 victory.
Robert Lewandowski he scored his first two goals for Barcelona in that rebound victory, including his first 44 seconds of play. Xavi has a host of attacking options to support the Polish striker, and it will be a roll of the dice each game to find out which trio he will go with that day.
There are no injuries currently for the Barca boss to work on, although the state of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is up in the air before the possibility of his departure to Chelsea. Despite not yet being registered to play in LaLiga, the defender jules konde could be submitted as the match is not an official league competition. Sergio Busquets suspended for the game against Real but could return in midfield instead of Frankie de Jong.
Below, the last starting eleven of the club for the weekend’s League match against Real Sociedad:
Barcelona’s most recent formation (4-3-3): Ter Stegen (GK) — Balde, Christensen, Garcia, Araujo — Gavi, De Jong, Pedri — Dembele, Lewandowski, Torres.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola assured fans the club would field a strong starting line-up, telling reporters on the match announcement: “We’re bringing all the big guns, don’t worry.”
However, there are some injuries for the Premier League team to deal with. Most notably, nathan ake he was injured on Sunday against Newcastle and did not travel with the squad to Barcelona, replaced by Ruben Days on Tyneside.
Aymeric Laporte He is reportedly close to making a comeback from his long-term ACL injury, but is not available yet. Jack Grealish he missed the Newcastle match due to a knock and, although he traveled to Spain for the match, his condition is unclear.
Below is the club’s latest starting line-up for the weekend’s Premier League game against Newcastle, which resulted in a 3-3 draw.
Most recent Man City starting line-up (4-3-3): Ederson (GK) — Cancelo, Ake, Stones, Walker — Gundogan, Rodriguez, Silva — Foden, Haaland, De Bruyne.
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— Manchester City (@ManCity) August 23, 2022