Our prediction for this match:
All eyes will be on Mercedes-Benz Arena when Stuttgart and Barcelona face each other in a pre-season outing. Die Schwaben rolled over Arminia Bielefeld 5-2 in their last warm-up game, but they will have a mountain to climb in Saturday’s friendly. Key attacker Sasa Kalajdzic should keep his place up front despite failing to find the net in the triumph over Arminia. The Catalans, on the other hand, did well to keep hold of Argentine superstar Leo Messi, who is ready for new challenges with the Camp Nou outfit.
Barca aim to build on back-to-back wins over Gimnastic Tarragona (4-0) and Girona (3-1), but keep in mind that this game comes too early for Messi, who represented Argentina at the 2021 Copa America. All Depay, de Jong, and Griezmann should be recalled to the starting XI. Anyhow, away win should be considered regardless of which players will be deployed in the starting line-up.
Highlighted Player (Wataru Endo):
Wataru Endo is a Japanese footballer who plays for Urawa Red Diamonds as a defender. Endo is a product of Shonan Bellmare youth academy and he continued playing for the club at senior level. After scoring 21 goals in 153 appearances (league) for the club the 178-cm tall centre-back moved to Urawa Red Diamonds in 2016 and he has been playing for the J1 League club ever since.
Endo won the AFC Champions League with Urawa in 2017 as the Reds defeated Al-Hilal in the final of the competition. The Japanese defender played 90 minutes in the victory over the Saudi Arabian side and the winning of the AFC Champions League trophy is considered the biggest success of his career.
Wataru Endo made his debut for Japan on August 2, 2015 in a 2-1 loss to Korea DPR at the EAFF E-1 Football Championship. In 2016 he was the AFC U-23 Championship trophy with the Samurai Blue. The Urawa Red Diamonds footballer was born in Totsuka-ku, Yokohama (Japan) on February 9, 1993.
Highlighted Team (Barcelona):
Barcelona is a Spanish football club based in Barcelona, Catalonia. Barca were founded in 1899 and they are regarded as one of the greatest clubs in world football. The Catalan giants won their 24th La Liga title in 2016, with Luis Suarez winning “El Pichichi” award. Barcelona have won five European Cup trophies and a number of top-class players were part of the team in the past.
The likes of Hristo Stoichkov, Romario, Rivaldo, Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Johan Cruyff, Diego Maradona and Pep Guardiola are some of many players that played for Barca in the past, but, no doubt, Leo Messi has established himself as the club’s trademark. Barcelona welcome their rivals at Camp Nou, the stadium that was built in 1957.
Barcelona’s local rivals are Espanyol, but the rivalry between Barca and Real Madrid is much bigger. The two La Liga giants face each other in “El Clasico”, which is considered one of the most exciting derbies in the world football. Barca are famous for their football youth school La Masia as well.