Juventus vs. Barcelona: 2017 ICC Time, TV Schedule and Live Stream

Gill Clark@@gillclarkyFeatured Columnist IJuly 21, 2017

FC Barcelona's Neymar attends a training session at the Sports Center FC Barcelona Joan Gamper in Sant Joan Despi, Spain, Monday, July 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
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Juventus and Barcelona open their 2017 International Champions Cup campaigns with a clash at the MetLife Stadium, New Jersey, on Saturday.

The game will be the first time the two sides have met since Massimiliano Allegri's men knocked Barca out of the UEFA Champions League in April with a 3-0 aggregate win.

Since then, Juve have lost Leonardo Bonucci to AC Milan and Dani Alves to Paris Saint-Germain, although they have confirmed the arrival of Douglas Costa.

Barcelona have also been relatively quiet in the transfer market, but the club hope to have finally solved their right-back problem by signing Nelson Semedo from Benfica. 

Elsewhere, Barca have exercised their option to bring Gerard Deulofeu back from Everton, although he and Rafinha will both miss the pre-season tour due to injury, the club have confirmed.

         

Date: Saturday, July 22

Time: 11 p.m. BST, 6 p.m. ET

TV Info: Premier Sports, ESPN Deportes

Live Stream: Premier PlayerWatchESPN

        

Juventus will begin life without Bonucci against Barcelona, and the obvious choice to step in at centre-back is Daniele Rugani.

The 22-year-old now has the chance to stake a claim to replace Bonucci, and his ability to bring the ball out of defence and build from the back is similar to the now-departed Italy international.

The experienced Medhi Benatia is another option, having made his loan deal from Bayern Munich to Juventus permanent over the summer.

Elsewhere, Costa could make a first start for his new club and is not afraid to take on his man, as noted by Squawka:

Barcelona, meanwhile, start their pre-season tour with huge speculation surrounding Neymar, after Esporte Interativo in Brazil (h/t AS) reported Paris Saint-Germain will pay his release clause and that he will accept their offer.

Neymar has since claimed he is "happy" at Barca, according to Goal, and ESPN FC's Alex Shaw noted just how important his contribution is to the Blaugrana:

The game against Juventus will also give an insight into new coach Ernesto Valverde's thinking ahead of the new season, although with Deulofeu out there may be few changes.

Semedo will be expected to start at right-back, with Barca likely to revert to a more traditional 4-3-3 formation, after Luis Enrique's experiments last season.

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