Last game of the preseason and baptism in Montjuic. Barça will play the Joan Gamper Trophy against Tottenham Hotspur this Tuesday from 8:00 p.m. in what will be their first game at their new home. After the reforms carried out and the adaptation for the season, the Estadi Olímpic Lluis Companys will be the residence as a venue for Xavi Hernández’s team while the works at the Camp Nou will live their culminating point.
This is not the first time that a Joan Gamper Trophy has been played in Montjuic, in the past this match has been played at this stadium on two occasions, both in 1990 and 1996, the first time against Anderlecht and the second against Inter de Milan, in both the trophy stayed at home for the Catalans. At that time, the summer trophy had semifinals and a final. In the 1990 semifinals they previously beat Spartak Moscow and in 1996 San Lorenzo.
In any case, it will be the premiere this season for Barça in Montjuic, a change of location that is not being well understood by the fans of the Catalans, who are not responding either in number of subscriptions or in the attendance expected for this Gamper. There have only been a little more than 17,000 fans who have requested their registration for this match, a figure that is very far from the forecast that had been made by the club, despite the promotions and discounts already raised.
Barça comes to this duel after three previous friendlies on the American tour, it could have been four if the duel against Juventus was not postponed. Defeat against Arsenal in the premiere and subsequent victories against Real Madrid and Milan that leave a positive balance in terms of results for the Catalans. This will be the fourth matchup prior to the debut this weekend in the official competition, La Liga, where it opens against Getafe at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez, finally behind open doors.
Barça still arrives with many open fronts, mainly two that can unlock and completely change Xavi Hernández’s team. Ousmane Dembélé still keeps Barcelona on edge with his transfer to PSG, as well as Franck Kessié who will go to Saudi Arabia and leave an interesting pinch for the Catalan coffers. Both Íñigo Martínez, Oriol Romeu and Ilkay Gündogan have already arrived, Barça’s only summer reinforcements.
Ange Postecoglou’s Tottenham lives with the buzz of the possible departure of Harry Kane, who is on top of Bayern Munich to have him this season. At the moment they have not accepted any of the offers presented and it remains to be seen if his departure removes their market, reinforced for the moment with names like James Maddison, Pedro Porro or Dejan Kulusevski.
More articles related to Sports
The latest in Sports
#BarçaTottenham #Montjuic #debut #Gamper #play