Barcelona VS Boca Juniors final LIVE Football Score 14 Dec 2021
As the regular season wears on, Barcelona have decided to travel to Saudi Arabia to take on Boca Juniors as part of a friendly game. The match is set up as a tribute to Diego Maradona, who passed away this time last year. Ahead of the game, 28 players have been selected for the outing, including any and all fit first-team regulars. Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Gerard Pique, Ronald Araujo, Sergino Dest, Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong, Nico, Gavi and Ousmane Dembele are some of the members of the starting lineup that will be travelling. Jordi Alba and Memphis Depay are unfit for the game.
On the bright side, Dani Alves is expected to make his debut tomorrow! The Barcelona legend was signed after the transfer window ended on a free transfer and will be registered in January when he can start featuring in official competitions. Ilias Akhomach, Alvaro Sanz, Mika Marmol, Matheus Pereira, Arnau Comas, Alejandro Balde, Ferran Jutgla, and Guillem Jaime are some of the Barcelona B team members that have been selected for this game.
These are not the best moments for the azulgrana team, which has just been eliminated from the UEFA Champions League and drawn against Osasuna in LaLiga. The team coached by Xavi Hernandez will face a new challenge, which beyond being a friendly, will have to play very seriously to regain confidence. Barcelona and Boca Juniors will face off at the Mrsool Park on Tuesday in a friendly to honor the memory of footballing great Diego Armando Maradona.
Barcelona suffered a devastating exit from the Champions League as they were beaten 3-0 by Bayern Munich last Wednesday. The Spanish powerhouse are set to play Europa League football for the first time since the 2003-04 season.
Drawn in a group with Santos, the team which defeated them in the last four, Boca are under no illusions that they have to perform to their best if they want to progress through to the next stage.
They got revenge on Santos in their latest fixture with goals from Carlos Tevez and Sebastian Villa earning the Argentine giants a 2-0 victory.
Despite now holding a six-point advantage over their recent rivals, Miguel Angel Russo will stress to his side that complacency cannot become a factor during their remaining four fixtures.
Boca head into this contest having gone 338 minutes of football without conceding a goal, something which will be at risk against opponents who have been finding the back of the net with relative ease.
Having won just one of their previous five matches in the Ecuadorian top flight, Barcelona were not expected to make a significant impact in this group.
However, their brilliant 2-0 victory away at Santos has set Fabian Bustos’s side up for a shot at progression ahead of last year’s runners-up.
Barcelona followed that result by thrashing The Strongest by a 4-0 scoreline with Carlos Garces netting in his second outing in succession.
Barring any late fitness issues, Bustos may opt against making any alterations to the Barcelona team which cruised past The Strongest.
That would see Michael Carcelen and Gonzalo Mastriani drop down to the substitutes’ bench after they featured on the domestic scene on Sunday.
Russo could take a similar approach with his Boca starting lineup with Cristian Pavon getting the nod over Agustin Obando.