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Barcelona vs. Tottenham Hotspur: lineups, TV channels, and how to watch International Champions Cup online

Barca ain’t s—t without Messi PAWWWWWWL

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Tottenham Hotspur’s first preseason friendly match in the International Champions Cup went about as well as we could’ve expected! Spurs went down early to AS Roma but stormed back, scoring four first half goals en route to a 4-1 win in San Diego.

Spurs are still on the Left Coast, and now face (in theory) a much better opponent in Barcelona, this time at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

I say “in theory” because, like Spurs, Barca have a whole raft of players who are still on vacation following the conclusion of the World Cup. That means no Messi, folks. Sorry! Here’s a list of players who are NOT with Barcelona in the United States, according to our sister site, Barca Blaugranes:

Marc-André ter Stegen, Gerard Piqué, Samuel Umtiti, Yerry Mina, Thomas Vermaelen, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets, Ivan Rakitić, Philippe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembélé, Lionel Messi, Luis Suárez

In short, we have no idea who Barca will put out there tonight, just like we don’t know who Spurs will start (though we can probably guess). However, it’s quite likely that we WILL see Malcom, whom Barca gazumped from Roma last week.

Tottenham are unlikely to play Victor Wanyama, who was absent from the open training in LA yesterday, and there are doubts over Juan Foyth, Tashan Oakley-Boothe, and Erik Lamela, who was training one-one-one yesterday.

There’s a chance that, like Juventus last year, this could be a preview of a forthcoming Champions League match. Barca are in Pot 1 and Spurs in Pot 2, so they could in theory draw each other in the group stage, or play in the knock-out rounds.

Again, this is supposed to be about fitness and knocking the rust off. Don’t get stressed out. Enjoy the game!


How to Watch

Date/time: Saturday, July 28, 2018 | 7:05 p.m. (PT), 11:05 p.m. (ET), 4:05 a.m. Sun. (UK)
Venue: Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California

TV: ESPN (USA), Premier Sports (UK), DAZN (Canada), not televised (Australia), other listings at
Streaming: ESPN3 / WatchESPN (USA)
Radio: Audio streamed at UK - check local listings (assuming you’re up at 4 a.m.)

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