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July 26, 2011 5:15 PM BST
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Audi Cup 2011 preview: Barcelona - Internacional

The Catalans continue their pre-season campaign with a match against Brazilian side Internacional in the Audi Cup in Germany. The winner will meet either Bayern Munich or AC Milan

Andres Iniesta, Barcelona (Getty Images)

PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Barcelona (4-3-3)
Pinto; Dalmau, Fontas, Abidal, Maxwell; Thiago, Busquets, Iniesta; Jeffren, Villa, Afellay

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola is likely to name a stronger side for his team's second pre-season match on Tuesday against Internacional. The Barca coach selected a different XI in each half for the goalless draw versus Hajduk Split at the weekend and are set to be without Pedro, Xavi, Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique once again.

Internacional (4-3-1-2)
Renan; Nei, Bolivar, Rodrigo, Kleber; Mario Bolatti, Pablo Guinazu, Andrezinho; Andres D'Alessandro; Ze Roberto, Leandro Damiao.


Internacional are likely to see this clash as a much more prestigious affair and should select a strong side for the game against Barcelona, including former Argentine international midfielder Andres D'Alessandro and Tottenham target Leandro Damiao.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Barcelona and Internacional last met in the final of the Club World Cup in 2006 and although the Catalans were big favourites, the Brazilian side came out on top.
  • Pep Guardiola's side set off to the United States on a tour after this competition, and will meet Manchester United in a repeat of the teams' Champions League final at the end of May.
  • This pre-season is Guardiola's fourth as coach of the Catalan club, but the Barca boss won't be handing a debut to new signing Alexis Sanchez, who will be given extra rest following the recent Copa America, along with Lionel Messi and Dani Alves.
  • Internacional midfielder Fabio Rochemback moved to Barcelona as a replacement for Guardiola in 2001.
  • Dunga, Alex, Branco and Claudio Taffarel are other notable stars to have played for the Porto Alegre-based side, whose closest rivals are Gremio, where Ronaldinho emerged.
  • Internacional have twice won the Copa Libertadores, in 2006 and 2010.


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Head to Head
Club Friendlies ‎(FR)‎ Jul 26, 2011 FC Barcelona 2 - Internacional 2
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Club World Cup ‎(CWC)‎ Dec 17, 2006 Internacional 1 - FC Barcelona 0
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Available Squads
1Víctor ValdésGoalkeeper
-CuencaDefender
3Andreu Fontàs PratDefender
17MaxwellDefender
-RiverolaMidfielder
-Seydou KeitaMidfielder
16BusquetsMidfielder
6Thiago AlcántaraMidfielder
19Ibrahim AfellayMidfielder
26JonathanStriker
8Andrés Iniesta LujánMidfielder
13José Pinto ColoradoGoalkeeper
25OierGoalkeeper
25Rubén Miño PeraltaGoalkeeper
15BartraDefender
5Carles PuyolDefender
2MontoyaDefender
5MuniesaDefender
22Éric AbidalDefender
3PiquéDefender
6XaviMidfielder
24Sergi RobertoMidfielder
6Oriol RomeuMidfielder
-Jeffrén SuárezStriker
7PedroStriker
9David VillaStriker
44BalliuDefender
5ArmandoDefender
-CarmonaMidfielder
-Javier EspinosaMidfielder
-MurielGoalkeeper
-KléberDefender
-Rodrigo MoledoDefender
4BolívarDefender
-NeiDefender
-AndrezinhoMidfielder
8EltonMidfielder
-A. D'AlessandroMidfielder
18Mario BolattiMidfielder
-TingaMidfielder
9Leandro DamiãoStriker
12RenanGoalkeeper
-DaltonDefender
-FabrícioDefender
13Zé MarioDefender
-João PauloMidfielder
-Ricardo GoulartMidfielder
-GlaydsonMidfielder
-Wilson MatíasMidfielder
9GilbertoStriker
-Lucas RoggiaStriker
Players to Watch
Thiago Alcántara
Thiago Alcántara
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 6
Games Goals YC RC
1 0 0 0
Thiago has just signed a new long-term deal and will hope for more opportunities next term. To achieve that goal, he needs to stake his claim in Xavi's absence and stay in Guardiola's thoughts, especially because Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas looks set to arrive later this summer.
Leandro Damião
Leandro Damião
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Leandro Damiao has agreed a new deal and looks to be the next bright young star to emerge at the Porto Alegre-based side. The player may yet leave this summer, with Tottenham interested in linking up with the club's former midfielder Sandro, signed last year and impressive in his debut season at White Hart Lane.
Probable Lineups
Víctor Valdés 1
Cuenca 0
Andreu Fontàs Prat 3
Maxwell 17
Riverola 0
Seydou Keita 0
Busquets 16
Thiago Alcántara 6
Ibrahim Afellay 19
Jonathan 26
Andrés Iniesta Luján 8
Muriel 0
Kléber 0
Rodrigo Moledo 0
Bolívar 4
Nei 0
Andrezinho 0
Elton 8
A. D'Alessandro 0
Mario Bolatti 18
Tinga 0
Leandro Damião 9
Prediction
Barcelona were unable to score against Hajduk Split, but they should be more in tune for this match and will be keen to gain some revenge for their 2006 World Club Cup loss, even if the players are different. Expect a stronger side from Guardiola and a better performance. This should be reasonably comfortable for the Catalans, although Internacional will be in superior shape.
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Jonathan Jonathan
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1 1
Marco Reus Marco Reus
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Robert Lewandowski Robert Lewandowski
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1 0
Jakub Blaszczykowski Jakub Blaszczykowski
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1 0
Marcel Gaus Marcel Gaus
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