Barcelona vs Juventus LIVE: Stream, score, TV channel, UK time and team news – Joan Gamper Trophy latest updates
BARCELONA face Juventus tonight in their final friendly before the new season begins.
An annual showpiece, the Joan Gamper Trophy is at stake with the sides meeting infront of 3,000 fans at the Johan Cruyff Stadium.
- Kick-off time: 8.30pm BST
- TV channel: Premier Sports 1
- Live stream: Premier Player
- Barcelona XI: To follow
- Juventus XI: To follow
Follow ALL the build-up and action with our live blog below…
Which TV channel and live stream can I watch it on?
You can catch all of the action live on Premier Sports 1.
The channel is available on Sky and Virgin Media, costing £12.99/month.
Online streaming is available via the Premier Player.
What is the team news?
Lionel Messi sensationally failed to agree contract terms with Barca and is now a free agent.
Ansu Fati, Marc Andre Ter-Stegen and Ousmane Dembele are all unavailable through injury, while Pedri has only just returned from Euro and Olympic duty.
New signing Memphis Depay is set to feature, with Antoine Griezmann expected to start alongside him upfront.
Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to play for the first time in pre-season.
Juventus have no new injury worries and Aaron Ramsey could feature despite reports linking him with a move back to the Premier League.
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Juventus also endured a turbulent season as they surrendered the Serie A crown for the first time in nine years.
In fact, Juve suffered such a disappointing campaign under Andrea Pirlo that they finished fourth and barely qualified for the Champions League.
The Bianconeri won a mere 23 out of 38 league matches and lost six times along the way, a record that led Inter Milan to the title while AC Milan and Atalanta completed the top three.
The Turin-based club also registered 77 goals and conceded 38 during a season so disappointing it saw Massimiliano Allegri returning to the dugout
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Barcelona are set for a very different campaign compared to their last 17 seasons that saw Lionel Messi playing a starring role.
In fact, Messi netted a whopping total of 30 out of Barca's 85 goals in La Liga last season, an incredible tally that made him the league's top scorer.
The Blaugrana finished third last term behind Real Madrid and Spanish champions Atletico Madrid after 24 wins and seven losses in 38 matches.
Ronald Koeman will also want to fix his defence as the Catalans conceded a total of 38 goals, which was the worst return out of the entire top four
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Barcelona and Juventus' first ever encounter took place way back in 1970 during the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup's second round that Juve won 2-1 at the Nou Camp.
Since then, the two sides have faced off a total of 15 times with the Italian giants winning a mere majority of six games, compared to Barca's five victories.
The Bianconeri defeated Barcelona for the first time in three years last December thanks to a 3-0 victory in Spain during the Champions League group stage thanks to a brace by Cristiano Ronaldo and a goal by Weston McKennie.
Before that famous victory, the Serie A side suffered two defeats in four matches across all competitions
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GOOD EVENING FROM CATALONIA
Welcome to our live coverage of the blockbuster pre-season friendly between Barcelona and Juventus at the Johan Cruyff Stadium.
The two European giants are set to lock horns in a highly promising encounter that will see the winner leaving with the Joan Gamper Trophy.
Barca were hoping that today's match would mark Lionel Messi's return to action following reports that an agreement had been reached for a five-year deal that included a 50 per cent pay cut.
However, it was announced on Thursday that Messi won't be continuing with the club and thus tonight marks the Blaugrana's first game without the Argentina international in the squad after 17 years.
This is going to be a difficult match for the Catalans but manager Ronald Koeman will have summer signing Memphis Depay at his disposal.
Memphis will be joined by a number of star players, such as Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba and Antoine Griezmann.
However, Koeman will be missing Sergio Aguero due to a calf injury and will also be without Clement Lenglet and Frenkie de Jong, who are nursing a knee and calf problem respectively.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Ansu Fati and Ousmane Dembele are also dealing with a knee, meniscus and hamstring injury.
Oscar Mingueza, Eric Garcia and Pedri are also unavailable as they have had a busy summer taking part in the Tokyo Olympics representing Spain – Garcia and Pedri also competed in Euro 2020.
Returning Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri, on the other hand, will have Cristiano Ronaldo for the first time at his disposal during pre-season.
Matthijs de Ligt could also feature in the starting line-up and the same goes for former Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey, who has been linked with an exit
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