Bengaluru FC’s management have arranged for a few friendly matches with strong Spanish clubs. They will now be taking on the reserve teams of Villarreal CF and FC Barcelona, which play in the Segunda División B or the 3rd level of Spanish football. They just finished their training Camp in Bellary and will be off to Spain to play these friendly matches.
Barcelona were played in the 2nd tier of Spanish football last season but were relegated after 20th place finish. Whereas Villarreal B played in Group 3 of Segunda División B and had an excellent run. They won 16, drew 17, and lost only 5 matches out of 38 – scoring 65 points in the table.
Carles Cuadrat’s men are scheduled to play the AFA Cup Inter-zonal Semi-finals against Altyn Asyr FC (first leg on 22nd August and second on 29th August) and the friendly encounters will also act as a preparation for them. This will be the second phase of the pre-season for Cuadrat’s men after completing 10 day camp at the club’s residential facility in Bellary.
Previous season’s ISL runners-up will be keen on trying out the newly signed players and see how the team bonds with them. Their training is scheduled to be at Soccer’s Masía La Grava facility in Valencia.
Besides Barcelona B and Villarreal B, Chhetri’s side will play against Shabab Al Ahli Dubai FC and Atletico Saguntino as well. The Catalan’s reserve team is the place where legendary players like Messi, Xavi, Iniesta and Santi Cazorla were nurtured. It will be a huge privilege for them to play at the Mini Estadi, Barcelona.
The squad will return on August 15 ahead of their first leg clash against Altyn Asyr on August 22 at Kanteerava Stadium. Followed by the return leg on August 29 in Turkmenistan. At the start of the 2017-18 season, they trained at Pinatar Arena in Murcia for 10 days while playing friendly games against Segunda B sides UCAM Murcia CF, FC Cartagena and UAE’s Baniyas S&R.
Scheduled Matches for Bengaluru FC in Spain:
August 3: Bengaluru FC vs Atlético Saguntino.
August 6: Bengaluru FC vs Shabab Al Ahli Dubai FC.
August 11: Bengaluru FC vs Villarreal CF B.
August 14: Bengaluru FC vs FC Barcelona B.
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