Joan Gamper Trophy preview: Barcelona-Milan


FC BARCELONA host AC Milan for the Joan Gamper Trophy on Wednesday when the clock points 19:45 in the Camp Nou stadium.

Barca are coming off a 4-0 victory over Sevilla in the Spanish Supercup, and they could start with their best players against Milan, as this is the last match before La Liga starts.

Ronaldinho and AC Milan will go to play against the most entertaining team in the world and after the defeat to Juventus, the Rossoneri will try to beat the Spanish side away.

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Despite losing to Inter in the semi finals of the Champions League last season, Pep Guardiola’s side is still considered the best team in the world.

With stars like Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Xavi Hernandez and David Villa, beating Barcelona is certainly not an easy task, just ask the Real Madrid, Valencia, Sevilla or the other 16 teams that are playing in La Liga.

On Saturday, Barca had another amazing performance, beating Sevilla 4-0 in the 2nd leg of the Spanish Supercup, when, Messi netted three goals to have his side overcome the 3-1 defeat in the 1st leg.

This is Barcelona’s last game before the league starts, and the key players have barely played in this pre-season due to international duties. Therefore, Pep is expected to use his best players against Milan.

Putting aside the Zlatan Ibrahimovic-to-Milan saga, this is going to be a highly-entraining match, as Barca will try to win the Joan Gamper Trophy for the 34th time, in its 45th edition.

Camp Nou’s favourite returns! Ronaldinho, after moving to Milan in the summer of 2008, will play for the first time since he left against his former club and he will get a great standing ovation tomorrow.

It all starts and ends in Ronaldinho. When the Brazilian plays well, Milan plays well and his form is crucial, especially this season when Milan are insisting they can win the Scudetto.

Milan lost 5-4 on pens on Sunday to Juventus, but Coach Massimiliano Allegri thinks that “We’re ready”, as he saw many good things on the San Siro pitch against the Old Lady.

il Diavolo are coming in a stronger, improved squad to Barca match, as all Alexandre Pato, Alessandro Nesta and Kevin-Prince Boateng will be available for the former Cagliari boss.

Milan will try to be the second Italian team to win this tournament (Juve won in previously in 2005).

Silvio Berlusconi’s side failed to win the trophy back in 2004, after the 21-year-old kid named Iniesta (sounds familiar?) scored in the 70′ minute to make it 2-1 in full time.

By Meytar Zeevi, Rossoneri Blog

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forza milan….
i look forward to this match, hope nothing embarassing happens >.<


We have Ronaldinho, nothing embarassing is going to happen…

Adava gbenga decogrin



yeeah, we saw that in manchester..


We are going to win this match.

prasad chiplunkar

Thinking techniqlly we are going to loose !!