The Catalan team confirmed that the newly promoted team will be the rival in the 55th edition of the traditional event.
Barcelona already has a rival to play the 55th edition of the Joan Gamper Trophy. On this occasion, with a large part of the European competitions already started and with the coronavirus complicating the transfer of a team from any other continent, Barsa’s rival in the traditional match that serves to present the squad for the start of the season will be nothing more and nothing less than him Elche of the Argentine representative Christian Bragarnik.
He Barcelona and the newly promoted team, which has Jorge Almirón as a brand new coach, had to face each other on the first date of the League. However, the match was postponed because both clubs later ended their activity last season. Thus, the duel that was not played this weekend, as it did with much of the first date of the Spanish tournament, will be recreated in a friendly that will be played at the Camp Nou next Saturday at 14.
For Elche it will be his first presentation at the Joan Gamper, who had not had a La Liga team as a guest since Valencia in 1994. This will be the third pre-season friendly for Barsa.
After the victory this Saturday against the Nàstic de Tarragona, Ronald Koeman’s team will face the Girona, which was precisely the team that lost the final due to promotion to Elche. The meeting will be next Wednesday, also at 14:00. Then, the preseason will close with the already announced match against the Alicante team.
The match will be broadcast on Barça TV and, beyond the commitment, the Joan Gamper Trophy will have added value because surely, as has happened in recent years, Lionel Messi will be in charge of taking the microphone to dedicate a few words to the public before the beginning of the season. The difference is that this year there will be no fans in the stands due to the pandemic.
Although Leo has already broken the silence when he confirmed that he would finally continue one more season at Barcelona, his word, more in this context, still generates a lot of expectation. In the midst of a confrontation with the leadership and, specifically with President Josep María Bartomeu, there is great interest in the speech that the flea.
This Saturday Leo was a starter in the first friendly of the Koeman era. Messi looked very good physically in the 3-1 victory against Nàstic. “He has shown the same spirit as the first day,” Koeman said after the game.