Barcelona announce 26-man squad for the tour of Japan; Griezmann, de Jong included
What's the story?
Barcelona have officially announced a 26-man squad for their pre-season tour of Japan. The team includes new signings Antoine Griezmann and Frenkie de Jong, while first team stars in Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez are given extended holidays.
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Barcelona are heading to Japan ahead of their first pre-season friendly against Chelsea, scheduled on 23 July. They will play two friendlies in Japan before returning to Spain.
The heart of the matter
Blaugrana have officially announced a 26-man squad for their pre-season tour of Japan. The team includes eight players from the reserve side along with the available first team players.
New signings Frenkie de Jong, Hiroki Abe, Maura Neto and Antoine Griezmann have been drafted into the traveling squad, along with Rafinha, Malcom, Nelson Semedo, Samuel Umtiti and Ivan Rakitic, whose futures at the club remain uncertain.
The management has also included rising stars Riqui Puig, Carlos Alena, Monchu, Carles Perez, Oriol Busquets, Guillem Jaime, Araujo and Inaki Pena.
The squad does not include Lionel Messi, Philippe Coutinho and Luis Suarez, who were with their respective national sides for the Copa America.
The traveling squad is as follows:
ter Stegen, Neto, Semedo, Piqué, I.Rakitic, Sergio, Todibo, O.Dembélé, Rafinha, Malcom, Lenglet, Griezmann, Jordi Alba, Aleñá, S.Roberto, de Jong, Umtiti, Iñaki Peña, Guillem, Araujo, O.Busquets, Monchu, Collado, Riqui Puig, Hiroki Abe and Carles Pérez
Goalkeepers: Ter-Stegen, Neto, Inaki Pena
Defenders: Jordi Alba, Lenglet, Umtiti, Sergio Roberto, Araujo, Semedo, Pique, Todibo, Guillem
Midfielders: Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets, Rafinha, Alena, Frenkie De Jong, Oriol Busquets, Monchu, Collado, Riqui Puig
Forwards: Ousmane Dembele, Antoine Griezmann, Carles Perez, Malcom, Hiroki Abe
Barcelona have their first of two games against Chelsea on 23 July at the Saitama Stadium.
Post that, they take on Vissel Kobe, a team that consists of Andres Iniesta, Sergi Samper and David Villa, in the Noevir stadium in Kobe on 27 July.