Barcelona vs Gimnastic LIVE Football Score 21 July 2021
Barcelona vs Gimnastic Tarragona
Date: 21 July 2021
Kick-off time: 18:00 BST
Venue: Estadi Johan Cruyff
Barcelona’s preparations for the 2021-22 campaign commence on Wednesday as third-tier side Gimnastic prepare to travel to the Johan Cruyff Stadium for a friendly battle.
Ronald Koeman’s side will also take on Girona and Stuttgart before the new season gets underway, but for the first time in 16 years, a certain Argentinian will not be present during the club’s pre-season matches.
While one trophy in the form of the Copa del Rey was secured during his first season at the helm, Koeman’s failed pursuits of the La Liga crown and Champions League glory culminated in weeks of speculation surrounding a possible new face in the Blaugrana dugout.
The likes of Mikel Arteta, Joachim Low and former Catalan great Xavi were all tipped to take over from the Dutchman, but Joan Laporta has instilled his faith in Koeman for at least another 12 months as the 58-year-old seeks to establish his side’s dominance both domestically and continentally once again.
After finishing seven points adrift of Spanish champions Atletico Madrid and falling to a 5-2 aggregate defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last 16, Koeman would have ideally liked to have dipped into a war chest for a busy summer of spending, but it has not panned out that way for the cash-strapped Catalans.
While the likes of Sergio Aguero, Eric Garcia and Memphis Depay represent impressive coups on free transfers, the trio reportedly cannot be registered for La Liga action until Barca trim their wage bill further, which could lead to a mass exodus of big earners in the coming weeks.
However, undoubtedly the biggest story from the Catalans’ camp is the absence of Lionel Messi – now officially a free agent after running down his Barcelona contract – but negotiations over a new contract for the six-time Ballon d’Or winner continue to rumble on in the background as Koeman keeps his eyes firmly on Wednesday’s game.
Barcelona kick off their pre-season schedule with their first game this season as they lock horns with Gimnastic Tarragona at the Estadi Johan Cruyff this week. The Blaugrana have an impressive youth setup and will look to prove their mettle in this fixture.
Gimnastic Tarragona reached the second phase of Segunda Division B last season but were unable to secure promotion. The Catalan outfit has made a few changes in recent weeks and will look to stun their neighbours on Wednesday.
Barcelona, on the other hand, have shown improvement under Ronald Koeman and will look to add to their Copa del Rey success this year. The Camp Nou side has been active in the transfer market and the next few weeks could prove critical to its immediate future as a bonafide European giant.
Friendly match between Barcelona vs Gimnastic Tarragona live is scheduled for a 6:00 pm BST kick-off on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. It will be played at Estadi Johan Cruyff.
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Barcelona begin their preparations for a crucial new season this week as they take on Gimnastic Tarragona in a pre-season friendly at the Estadi Johan Cruyff on Wednesday. The two Catalan sides have traditionally played a friendly in July and will look to seize the initiative in this match.
Gimnastic Tarragona plied their trade in Segunda Division B last year and can pack a punch on their day. The Catalan outfit is making a few changes to its squad this year and will be intent on proving its mettle this week.
Barcelona, on the other hand, seem a resurgent force under Ronald Koeman and will need to win silverware this season. The Blaugrana are equipped with a blend of youth and experience this year and have a point to prove in the coming weeks.
Barcelona vs Gimnastic Tarragona Head-to-Head
Barcelona have an impressive recent record against Gimnastic Tarragona and have won five out of the last seven games played between the two teams. Gimnastic Tarragona have managed to win only one of these games and will need to step up this week.
The previous meeting between the two Catalan sides took place last year and ended in a comfortable 3-1 victory for Barcelona. Gimnastic Tarragona have struggled in this fixture and have a point to prove this week.