Pep Guardiola indicated that he will use players that need game time when Manchester City take on Barcelona next week in a mid-season friendly. The Blues have signed up for a charity game in support of a former Barcelona and Spain keeper who worked with Guardiola, although the timing of the match has left supporters anxious not to lose any players to injury ahead of bigger challenges and competitions. The City manager defended the decision to play the game, insisting that on top of the charitable cause it would be ‘incredibly important’ to play at the Camp Nou against a team who ‘it never looks like a friendly’ when you play them. He went on to talk up the significance of getting rhythm into all of his squad ahead of the next month where they will have a game every three days.
“The players who don’t play against Newcastle for example, or John [Stones] who hasn’t started so far this season, the players with a lack of minutes are going to play but the guys who play at Newcastle are going to play too. “It’s perfect. The best way to take rhythm is playing games. Training is nice but the best way is playing games and the guys who didn’t play much minutes in these two games are going to play and after in September with games every three days everyone is going to play.” The new Premier League season is now well underway, with defending champions Manchester City making a strong start in their bid to win a third consecutive title. Pep Guardiola’s side beat West Ham 2-0 away from home in their opening match of the campaign before thrashing Bournemouth 4-0 at the Etihad on Saturday. City next face Newcastle at St James’ Park on Sunday before travelling to Catalonia to take on Barcelona in a friendly at the Nou Camp on Wednesday.
Barcelona announced the fixture at a press conference in June, attending by former Barca manager Guardiola and current club president Joan Laporta. They were joined by the club’s former goalkeeper and coach, Juan Carlos Unzue, who was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) two years ago. All proceeds from the match are set to go to Fundacion Luzon, an ALS research charity. “This is an honour for us,” Guardiola said at the time. “Why is Man City playing a friendly after the PL season starts?,” wrote one fan on Twitter. Despite the charity match’s close proximity to the Palace game, Guardiola has suggested he will field a strong team in Catalonia. “We’re going to bring all the big guns, don’t worry,” Guardiola insisted at the press conference in June. Barcelona return to action against Real Sociedad on Sunday night, coming off a slow start after a goalless stalemate against Rayo Vallecano to open their accounts. Shortly after that, though, they will host Manchester City at the Camp Nou for a charity match.
The game, set to be played in honour of former Barcelona goalkeeper Juan Carlos Unzue, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2020. All proceeds from the clash will be donated to ALS charities. “With your commitment, you have shown the world that football is not just a business and a weekly show, but a promise and friendship. I hope we can fill the Camp Nou with fans on matchday,” Unzue said about the friendly. Barcelona and City are, as one would expect, on fantastic terms. Pep Guardiola has a friendly relationship with Joan Laporta, and is always happy to return to his home, Camp Nou. The two engaged in banter during the announcement ceremony for the game, with Laporta publicly asking Pep whether Bernardo Silva would accompany them. The Portuguese has been on the Catalan radar the entire summer, even though a move seems difficult now. Of course, this came after a series of wholesome quotes, especially those addressed to and in favour of Barcelona, Carlos Unzue, and the Camp Nou.
Reigning Premier League champions Manchester City will play Newcastle United this weekend on Sunday before they will travel to the Camp Nou to face La Liga giants Barcelona on August 25. Since the Manchester City vs Barcelona clash is not a game that is part of any European competition, it does seem strange to have it on the schedule. Here is a look at why the two European heavyweights will face off against each other on that day. Manchester City will take on Barcelona on August 25 as a part of a charity match. They will play for a cause promoted by former keeper Juan Carlos Unzue, who was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) over two years ago. The aim of the clash is to help Unzue use his position to raise awareness about ALS and raise funds for the people suffering from this disease. The proceeds of the charity match will go to Fundación Luzón, a not-for-profit organization begun by Francisco Luzón, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2014. After the Barcelona vs Manchester City charity match was announced, Pep Guardiola said, “This is an honour for us. We want to thank Barça for inviting us to this wonderful venue.
We shall tell our players why this matters so much. It is admirable, and Unzue’s words show that. I am very happy to come. By doing this, FC Barcelona has once again shown why we are the best. Meanwhile, Juan Carlos Unzue added, “I hope we are all able to fill the Camp Nou. This has been made possible by the commitment and vow of two great clubs and the people who work at them. Barcelona is going head to head with Manchester City starting on 24 Aug 2022 at 19:30 UTC . The match is a part of the Club Friendly Games. On livescore you can find all previous Barcelona vs Manchester City results sorted by their H2H matches. also provides the best way to follow the live score of this game with various sports features. Get real-time information on which team is dominating the match using the Attack Momentum Follow detailed statistics such as ball possession, shots, corner kicks, big chances created, cards, key passes, duels and more Track all home and away games for each team in the Club Friendly Games.
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