Our prediction for this match:
David faces Goliath at Camp Nou in Saturday’s pre-season friendly as Barcelona take on Vissel Kobe in front of home fans. The Catalan giants have big ambitions for the forthcoming season and seeing that the club chiefs did well to sign Antoine Griezmann in the summer transfer window, Ernesto Valverde’s troops are determined to regain the Champions League trophy.
Barca are likely to stick to their attacking style of play against Vissel Kobe and despite the fact that coach Ernesto Valverde is going to mix the squad against the J-League outfit, we believe that the hosts are going to emerge triumphant in Saturday’s match without any difficulties. David Villa, Andres Iniesta and Sergi Samper return to Camp Nou, but we do not believe that the former Barca players are going to help the Japanese club shock the Catalan titans in the warm-up game.
Highlighted Player (Andres Iniesta):
Andres Iniesta is a Spanish footballer player who was born in Fuentealbilla on 11 May, 1984. He started his youth career at Albacete and in 1996 he joined Barcelona’s youth academy – La Masia. He was making progress week by week and he made his debut for the first team in 2002. In 2015 he clinched his fourth Champions League trophy with Barca and it has to be noted that he won eight league titles with the Catalan giants.
Andres Iniesta is well known for his brilliant ball control and he often looks unstoppable when facing opposition defenders. The Barcelona ace is a complete footballer and he helped Spain win the 2010 FIFA World Cup, scoring the winner in the title game against Netherlands. Iniesta won two European Championship trophies with la Furia Roja (2008, 2012) as well.
In 2011 he invested €420,000 in Albacete and he helped the club avoid administrative relegation in 2013 by loaning them a further €240,000. Speaking of his individual honours, Iniesta was named the 2010 FIFA World Cup final man of the match.
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.