International Champions Cup continues, with Barcelona taking on Manchester United on July 26. The match kicks off at 7:30 PM ET so don’t miss a single second!
How to Watch or Stream
When: Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. ET
Where: Landover, Maryland
Online Coverage: LiveTV24.org (Free)
Who would have thought that two of England and Spain’s premier soccer clubs would go head-to-head in…Maryland? Yet, that’s the amazing reality of the International Champion Cup, as these two soccer super squads — Barcelona and Manchester United — will square off at FexExField in Landover. Normally designated for the Washington NFL team, a different kind of football will be played during this match. It’ll be a fun time for American soccer fans to see some of the best in the world in action. Don’t miss out – be sure to tune in when it all kicks off!
Barcelona’s coming into this match on a high, having defeated Juventus in their first ICC match. Yes, this whole tournament is a “friendly” competition, meaning that there’s nothing really at stake. But you know that the Blaugrana took a little bit of satisfaction in disposing of Juve, the team that eliminated them from the 2016-17 Champions League. Barca came away with a 2-1 victory, with Neymar, 25, scoring twice in the firs half, according to ESPN FC. Considering reports that Neymar’s looking to leave Barca for Paris Saint-Germain, either the Brazilian player was showing why PSG should pay his €222 million buyout fee — or he was proving that he bleeds blue and red. Juve tried to recover after halftime, with Giorgio Chiellini, 32, nailing a header to cut Barca’s lead by 1. It wasn’t enough, and the Blaugrana won the game.
Though, fans shouldn’t be worried for Juventus. They fielded a lineup that only featured four players from the squad that fell to Real Madrid in the Champions League final. Basically, this was a chance for rookies and players desperate for some game time to get out on the field. Hopefully, Manchester United comes better prepared. They are also riding some momentum, having beaten Los Blancos via penalties in a 1-1 draw. The fact that the team relegated to the Europa League (which they won, btw) was able to beat the reigning Champions League champs is a bit peculiar. Is Barca in for a bruising from this British bunch?
Jose Mourinho has named both Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku in a strong starting XI for their clash with Barcelona in the United States.
The duo dovetailed brilliantly against Manchester City last week – both finding the net in the 2-0 win – and are again paired together as part of United’s attacking quartet for the clash at FedEx Field.
Jesse Lingard and Henrikh Mkhitaryan also get the nod, with Paul Pogba and Michael Carrick in midfield.
In all it’s eight changes from the draw with Real Madrid.
Barcelona team is out
Right then. Some early team news from Barca – and the big hitters are starting.
Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar – fresh from his supershow against Juventus – all start.
Also, look out for youngster Carles Alena in midfield.
Nelson Semedo, the new right-back, gets his first start too.
Barca XI: Cillessen; Semedo, Mascherano, Umtiti, Alba; Busquets, Rakitic, Alena; Messi, Suarez, Neymar
The game is part of the 2017 International Champions Cup, which began on July 18 and runs through July 30. The tournament is taking place across the United States and features some of the top teams from Spain, England, France and Italy.
Both Manchester United and Barcelona are preparing for their 2017-18 seasons.\
Do you think Barcelona will beat Manchester United, Or do you think Manchester United is going to be unstoppable this year? Who do you want to win?