Barcelona’s start to their pre-season was delayed thanks to a stomach virus that ripped through the squad, causing their game against Juventus to be cancelled. They finally took the field this week in a disappointing 5-3 loss to Arsenal. The Gunner’s intensity was too much for the La Liga champions, but nonetheless a good and valuable outing.
Xavi was unhappy with the intensity shown by the Arsenal players and according to multiple reports, it was for good reason.
The start of the match was delayed by 30 minutes with concerns over the playing surface. It got to a point where Arsenal questioned whether the game should go ahead or not. It was decided to play, but Xavi and Arteta agreed that the players would go easy to avoid injury. Barcelona were incensed by how the Gunners played, which resulted in 24 fouls in the first 45 minutes.
Fortunately, no major injuries occurred, but with Real Madrid coming up next, that intensity won’t be going anywhere. Hopefully, the AT&T pitch is a little better.
Here are all the details you need ahead of the game tomorrow night.
Date, kick-off time and venue
Real Madrid vs Barcelona will kick off at 4:00 pm local time (CT), 11 pm in Spain (CEST 10 pm) and 10 pm in the UK (GMT) on Saturday 29 July 2023.
AT&T Stadium in Arlington Texas, home to the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys will play host to the game.
TV & Streaming of Real Madrid vs Barcelona
The game will be broadcast live on Real Madrid TV. It will also be shown on ESPN in the United States and DAZN in Canada.
In Spain it will be shown through the Movistar Champions Tour channels, Movistar Champions League 2 and on the Catalan channel TV3.
Real Madrid vs Barcelona team news & projected lineups
Barcelona: Xavi will be picking from largely a full squad with Gavi having recovered from a back problem. The only question mark is Inigo Martinez. The newly signed centre-back is still working his way back from surgery and may not appear for the second game in a row.
Projected starting lineup: Marc-André ter Stegen (GK), Jules Koundé (RB), Andreas Christensen (CB), Ronald Araújo (CB), Alejandro Balde (LB), Oriol Romeu (DM), Frenkie de Jong (CM) İlkay Gündoğan (CM), Ousmane Dembélé (RW), Pedri (LW), Robert Lewandowski (ST)
Expect plenty of substitutions through the game considering this is just the second outing for Barcelona. After an outstanding pre-season debut, Xavi will want to get a look at Abde Ezzalzouli again, and there’s a chance he could start for the second game in a row.
Real Madrid: Arda Guler seems to be the only player who’s in danger of missing the game, after the young Turkish star backtracked on his agreement to join Barcelona and signed with rival Real Madrid instead.
Projected starting lineup: Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Nacho, Mendy; Kroos; Valverde, Bellingham; Diaz; Joselu, Vinicius Jr.
Barcelona vs Real Madrid Head to head (h2h) History
Real Madrid wins: 102
Barcelona wins: 99