Barcelona Announces Date For BIG CLASH With Chelsea
Barcelona have announced they will be facing Chelsea in July, as well as former captain Andres Iniesta’s Japanese side Vissel Kobe.
The club said they will visit Japan as part of their preparations for next season.
The La Liga leaders will meet Chelsea on July 23 at Saitama Stadium in Tokyo before travelling to Kobe on July 27 for the game against Vissel, where they will play against their former captain Iniesta and fellow former Barca players David Villa and Sergi Samper.
Both friendlies are being organised by Barca’s main sponsor Rakuten, the Japanese retailer.
Barca have spent their last two pre-seasons in the United States competing in the International Champions Cup.
They have not visited Asia for pre-season since 2013, when they played in Thailand and Malaysia.
They have not played in Japan since winning the 2015 Club World Cup, beating River Plate 3-0 in Yokohama.
Barcelona are nine points clear at the top of La Liga with six games to go.
They have also reached the Copa del Rey final as well as the semi-finals of the Champions League.