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Barcelona v Celtic Live: Barca and Celtic meet in International Champions Cup in Dublin

Ross Aylward 30 Jul 2016
  • Barcelona and Celtic face off in the International Champions Cup
  • The two sides meet in Dublin
Barcelona in Dublin

Barcelona play their first pre-season friendly ahead of the upcoming campaign on Saturday as they take on Scottish Premiership champions Celtic at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

Barcelona v Celtic kicks off at 03.00am AEST on Sunday (6.00pm UK) and will be streamed live online.



Barcelona's preparations for the forthcoming season in Spain begin with this match against Celtic at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. The Catalonians have been training at England's St George's Park over the last few days before they embark on this International Champions Cup campaign which will include matches against Celtic, Leicester City and Liverpool.

With a lot of clubs missing players who are still on holiday following the European Championships, Barca have fewer worries here as they can include the likes of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar in their squad for this fixture.

Whilst Celtic's players and considerable fanbase in the Republic of Ireland will be looking forward to this match, their competitive campaign is already underway. The Bhoys battled through a Champions League qualifying tie against Gibraltan outfit Lincoln Red Imps and will play this game against Barcelona in between the two legs in the next round of qualifying.

Having drawn 1-1 with Lokomotiv Astana on Wednesday, the Hoops still have a job to finish off at Parkhead next week and as such, you can expect Brendan Rodgers to approach this weekend friendly with caution and perhaps rest some of his more important players with little at stake in Dublin.



It's been a difficult summer for Argentinian superstar Messi. The 29-year-old missed a vital penalty against Chile in the Copa America Centenario Final and subsequently retired from international football and later on in the summer, he was handed a sentence for tax evasion due to the usage of tax havens in Belize and Uruguay to hide money earned from image rights deals.

Whilst his rival Cristiano Ronaldo won the European Championships in France with Portugal, Messi will no doubt be left reeling. However, a man like Messi doesn't rack up the goals he has in his career (464 competitive strikes for Barcelona) without serious quality and a magnificent mentality. He'll be hoping to start the road to recovery with a goal.

If this was a competitive fixture, you'd have to fancy Barcelona for a comfortable victory such is the difference in class between the two teams. It may not count for anything, but with Celtic facing a tough test against Astana this week, they'll be likely to be even weaker opposition to Barcelona's undoubted class. 


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