Barcelona vs. Lechia Gdansk: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistJuly 30, 2013

BARCELONA, SPAIN - JULY 25:  FC Newly-appointed Barcelona's football coach Gerardo Daniel 'Tata' Martino faces the media during a press conference at the Sant Joan Despi Sports Complex on July 25, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by Miquel Benitez/Getty Images)
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Barcelona have a short amount of time to prepare for the season, which makes the upcoming friendly against Lechia Gdansk so important.

The match was postponed from its original date due the to health concerns of Tito Vilanova, who stepped down as manager of the La Liga club. He was replaced by Tata Martino, who will do his best to make an impact in a hurry after just meeting the whole squad.

Although his input will not likely be easily seen in the upcoming match, the club must show continued improvement over the course of this month heading into the year.

On the other side, Lechia Gdansk is a mid-table squad in Poland's top league which is looking to test itself against one of the best clubs in the world. A strong performance would give the team a lot of confidence going forward.

Both squads are looking for a strong performance in this friendly, so it is certain to be a competitive match throughout.


Where: PPGE Arena Gdansk, Gdansk, Poland

When: Tuesday, July 30

Time: 8:45 p.m. (Local Time)

TV: TV3, GolT and beIN Sport

Live Stream: beIN Sport Play


Barcelona Player to Watch: Lionel Messi

There is really no sense in questioning Lionel Messi's ability this preseason. He is arguably the best player in the world and has consistently produced goals for Barcelona at an incredible rate over the past few years.

This alone makes him fun to watch, regardless of the stakes of the match.

However, another interesting factor would be if Neymar ends up stepping onto the pitch alongside him. Fans have been salivating at the thought of these two exciting players standing side by side, and this could be the first opportunity to see it happen.

If the Brazilian does not play, Messi is more than capable of creating his own opportunities.


Lechia Gdansk Player to Watch: Mateusz Machaj

At 24 years old, Mateusz Machaj is one of the bright young stars for Lechia Gdansk. The midfielder has shown a good amount of creativity while attacking and has the ability to create opportunities for himself and others.

Although he only scored a couple of goals last season, he helped create a few more and is certain to improve his production in the coming years.

Barcelona might not have too many people to watch out for in this match, but Machaj is one of them.


Prediction: Barcelona 6, Lechia Gdansk 1

While most clubs are getting more comfortable as a team at this point, there are still a lot of uncertainties for Barcelona.

The international players that competed in the Confederations Cup have yet to play this season, and the managerial change is certain to cause some chaos this late in the summer. This makes the last few friendlies extremely important.

Still, the talent difference between these two sides is unmistakable, and even the second team would be able to score plenty of goals on the day.

Although la Blaugrana might make mistakes early on, the result should never be in doubt as the Spanish squad earns an easy win.


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