VfB Stuttgart vs Barcelona H2H LIVE Football Score 31/7/2021
Barcelona take their pre-season preparations up a notch this weekend as they take on VfB Stuttgart at the Mercedes-Benz Arena on Saturday. The Catalans have an impressive blend of youth and experience at the moment and have a point to prove in this match.
VfB Stuttgart have been fairly inconsistent over the past year and will need to be at their best in this fixture. The German outfit secured a ninth-place finish in the Bundesliga last season and will need to make the most of their pre-season friendlies this summer.
Barcelona, on the other hand, have been active in the transfer market and have grown as a unit under Ronald Koeman. The Catalan giants have been impressive this month and will be intent on securing another victory this weekend.
Stuttgart have so far enjoyed a five-game unbeaten run in pre-season, with a 1-1 draw with Jürgen Klopp’s English Premier League outfit Liverpool and a 5-2 victory over Arminia Bielefeld particularly impressive results at this stage of the campaign. Teenage striker Mohamed Sankoh has hit five goals already, while Hamadi Al Ghaddioui has four to his name – including a hat-trick in the 3-0 win over St. Gallen – in the absence of Austria’s UEFA Euro 2020 star Sasa Kalajdzic.
Last season’s 16-goal top-scorer has returned to training but is not available for the visit of Barcelona. At the other end of the pitch, Fabian Bredlow will continue in goal until summer signing Florian Müller returns from international duty with Germany at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Barca this week welcomed back European Championship stars Jordi Alba, Martin Braithwaite and Sergio Busquets, but all three are likely to only make short cameos if they get on the Mercedes Benz Arena pitch. Headline act Lionel Messi is another absentee after leading Argentina to Copa America glory this summer, while Sergio Aguero, Eric Garcia, Oscar Mingueza and Pedri are also yet to join up with their teammates. It’s the same case for one-time Bayern Munich loanee Philippe Coutinho.
Former Borussia Dortmund man Ousmane Dembele also misses out through injury, as does ex-Borussia Mönchengladbach goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen. Those that have travelled with the squad, however, include the likes of reigning world champion Antoine Griezmann, as well as the Dutch duo of Memphis Depay and Frenkie de Jong, who should all get minutes in Stuttgart.