Memphis on stage

Barcelona's new Dutch striker, with only four training sessions, will be the great attraction of this summer's second friendly.


The game against Girona this afternoon (7:00 pm) at the Johan Cruyff stadium, the second of the preseason for FC Barcelona, will have several focal points. The most important, without a doubt, will be the premiere with the new striker, Memphis Depay, in the Blaugrana shirt, which was officially presented on Thursday. The Dutch international comes to the club after having completed a spectacular season at Olympique de Lyon, where he exploded in his scoring role, with twenty goals. Despite the fact that he will only accumulate four training sessions with the first team, everything indicates that Koeman will give him the alternative against Girona.

Antoine Griezmann is in the same position. He also adds four training sessions, but in his case, the media attention is more to see his reaction in the field after learning from his president, Joan Laporta, that if an interesting offer arrives for the French, they will study it. In any case, seeing his smiling gestures during the session this Friday, it does not seem that Antoine is especially worried about his future

Likewise, Frenkie de Jong and Clement Lenglet could also play their first minutes of the preseason this Saturday. Koeman will be able to count on a total of eleven players from the first team, so he could alienate them all at once if he deemed appropriate, although considering that he could continue with the 4-3-3, then, at least one center-back would be left over, at the count on Gerard Piqué, Umtiti and Lenglet.

In the list that Koeman will give today after the morning activation session, the continuity of Rey Manaj is also expected, after his prodigious scoring display against Nàstic, signing a hat-trick, as well as that of Álex Collado, scorer of a goal, that he sent an ultimatum to the club as soon as the match ended by ensuring that he did not consider going down to the subsidiary in any case this season, or the full-back Alejandro Balde, who signed his renewal until 2024 on Thursday.The presence of the subsidiary midfielder, Nico González, one of the great jewels of the quarry, who was unable to make his debut against Nàstic due to a gastric illness, is also expected.

Yesterday's session was tough for the players. The squad faced a diabolical circuit, a demanding gymkhana, which also had its playful exercises, but above all precision and technique were needed in abundance to overcome it successfully.Match sheet and possible eleven headlines

BARCELONA: Net; Sergiño Dest, Piqué, Umtiti, Balde; De Jong, Sergi Roberto, Riqui Puig; Demir, Memphis Depay and Griezmann.

GIRONA: Juan Carlos; Calavera, Juanpe, Arnau, Mojica; Gumbau, Terrats, Kebe; Gallar, Samu Saiz and Mamadou Sylla.

Stadium: Johan Cruyff.

Time: 19: 00

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