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Pre-season friendly: Barcelona to meet Chelsea today in Japan

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Barcelona play their first pre-season fixture today against Premier League side Chelsea in the Rakuten Cup at the Saitama Stadium in Japan.

The La Liga champions have included new signings Antoine Griezmann, Frenkie de Jong and Neto in their 26-man squad for friendlies against Chelsea and Vissel Kobe and the trio should make their debuts in the tournament.


Chelsea have already had three pre-season outings. They drew 1-1 with Bohemians and beat St Patrick’s Athletic 4-0 in their two games in Ireland and then lost 1-0 to Kawakasi Frontale in Japan.


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