BARCELONA VS PUMAS Football Match Score 7 Aug 2022
Barcelona will welcome Mexican side Pumas to Camp Nou on Saturday evening in the Joan Gamper Trophy. The Catalan giants will begin their 2022-23 La Liga campaign at home to Rayo Vallecano on August 13, while Pumas are already six matches into their Opening Championship season, sitting ninth on eight points. Barcelona have won the Joan Gamper Trophy on 44 occasions in their history, including last year, when they recorded a 3-0 victory over Italian giants Juventus, while they have also overcome the likes of Arsenal, Boca Juniors, Roma and Santos in the competition over the last 10 years.
The Catalan giants had been due to take on Roma in the fixture, but the Italian side pulled out of the contest and have now been replaced by Pumas, who have already started their domestic season. Barcelona have played five pre-season friendlies this summer, starting their preparations for the new campaign with a 1-1 draw against Olot on July 13 before beating Inter Miami and Barcelona in quick succession. Xavi’s side then drew 2-2 with Juventus before ending their pre-season tour of North America with a 2-0 victory over New York Red Bulls last weekend.
Barcelona, who will begin their 2022-23 La Liga campaign at home to Rayo Vallecano on July 13, have been busy this summer despite their ongoing financial issues, bringing in Andreas Christensen, Franck Kessie, Raphinha, Robert Lewandowski and Jules Kounde. Pumas, meanwhile, are six matches into their 2022 Opening Championship campaign, picking up eight points from six matches, which has left them in ninth position in the Liga MX table.
The Mexican outfit will enter this contest off the back of a 1-1 draw with Monterrey last weekend, with Dani Alves in the side following his arrival this summer; the Brazilian was released by Barcelona at the end of July following the expiration of his contract, but he will be back at Camp Nou for this contest. Pumas will be taking on Barcelona for just the second time in their history, with the last meeting seeing the Catalan outfit run out 6-1 winners. The seven-time Mexican champions have an important league fixture against Club America on August 13, but the chance to face a team of Barcelona’s ilk does not come around too often, and Andres Lillini’s side will be determined to make the most of the unexpected opportunity.
Barcelona have their final preseason test of the 2022 summer as the Catalan giants gear up for the coming La Liga campaign. The Blaugrana take on Mexican side Pumas UNAM at the Camp Nou on Sunday in the annual Joan Gamper Trophy, with the Liga MX squad making the overseas trip to face one of the world’s most famous clubs.
It will be a final peek at how Xavi believes his best starting lineup is constructed, afforded a wealth of incredible attacking talent thanks to a prolific summer offseason for Barcelona. New signings Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha, and Franck Kessie have all made a positive impact in the attacking third.
With the La Liga season set to begin in one week’s time, Barcelona will look to build chemistry among players in the expected starting lineup. Xavi will get headaches trying to fit his best attacking talent into the lineup on a weekly basis, with so many world-class attacking players at his disposal.
Talisman Robert Lewandowski was a lock to start up front long-term, and his supporting cast isOusmane Dembele and Raphinha. That leaves Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ansu Fati, and Memphis Depay are on the bench, while Ferran Torres is behind the others, working his way back from an offseason injury.
Pumas are in the midst of a strange Apertura season with five draws through the first six matches. Head coach Andres Lillini can’t seem to get star striker Juan Dinenno going after his successful finish to last season, with the Argentine stuck on just a single goal.
There is a choice for Lillini at left-back between two former Mexican internationals in Adrian Aldrete and Efrain Velarde, or recent starter Jero Rodriguez. California-born Jorge Ruvalcaba could see a run-out on the wing. The 21-year-old is a Mexican youth international and played college ball at Cal State San Bernardino less than two years ago.