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Vissel Kobe - FC Barcelona: A special match
FC Barcelona faces the Vissel Kobe of Andres Iniesta, David Villa and Sergi Samper in their second pre-season friendly in Japan
Many thought it would never happen. But the day has come when Andrés Iniesta will play a game against FC Barcelona. It will be a very special match, and strange to watch given that it's more usual to see him wearing the Blaugrana.
Iniesta, David Villa and Sergi Samper will face Barça in a friendly, the second of pre-season, which will help Ernesto Valverde's players to continue picking up the tone and rhythm necessary in order to be fit for the beginning of the season in mid-August.
Debut for the new away kit
This Saturday's Vissel Kobe-Barça game at Noevir Stadium in Kobe will see Neto, De Jong and Griezmann in action again, and it will also be the first time that the new away kit for the 2019/20 season is worn.
The Japanese team aren't having a good time of it in the J-League, and they'll look for a performance that gives them back some much-needed confidence ahead of their remaining league games.
Leaving a good image against a Barça side that will include Dembélé, Griezmann, De Jong and Co. - not Piqué who is injured - would be the best news for a side whose supporters are looking forward to a special game.