Ernesto Valverde has announced who he is taking with him on the US Tour. Fourteen members of the first team will be crossing the Atlantic, including the two new signings, Arthur and Lenglet.
They will be joined by 13 players from Barça B, namely Jokin Ezkieta, Palencia, Cucurella, Mingueza, J. Cuenca, Miranda, Monchu, Collado, Riqui Puig, Abel Ruiz, C. Pérez, Chumi and Ballou.
The German keeper, who was part of the Germany squad that was eliminated from the group stage at the Russia 2018 World Cup, will also be taking part. He’ll be catching up with the rest of the players in Dallas.
The full squad for the 2018/19 US Tour is as follows: Ter Stegen, Cillessen, N. Semedo, Denis Suárez, Paco Alcácer, Digne, S. Roberto, André Gomes, Aleix Vidal, Arthur, Lenglet, Rafinha, Munir, Marlon, Jokin Ezkieta, Palencia, Cucurella, Mingueza, J. Cuenca, Miranda, Monchu, Collado, Riqui Puig, Abel Ruiz, C. Pérez, Chumi and Ballou.
Barça have three International Champions Cup fixtures to look forward to in North America. They open against Tottenham Hotspur (28 July in Los Angeles), then take on AS Roma (30 July in Dallas) and finish up against AC Milan (4 August in San Francisco).
This Monday evening, the squad were back out on the Ciutat Esportiva training ground. The second session of the day included eleven players from Barça B: Palencia, Mingueza, J. Cuenca, Miranda, Monchu, Collado, Riqui Puig, Abel Ruiz, Carles Pérez, Chumi and Jokin Ezkieta.
Rafinha continued doing separate exercises on the field, while Alcácer and Marlon also had special exercises programmed. Meanwhile Douglas, who will be spending next season on loan to Sivasspor, and goalkeeper Ortolá, were both given special dispensation by the club to work on their futures and missed the session.
There will be one more training session for the team before they head stateside. That’s on Tuesday morning, at the Ciutat Esportiva as usual.
After that, next stop America!