International duty calls
Half the Barça squad will be away on international duty this Tuesday and Wednesday although only Jeffren, named in the Spain under-21 squad, has been called up for a competitive match.
Josep Guardiola will have to wait until Thursday to reunite his squad to prepare next
Saturday’s league match against Almeria. International matches on Tuesday and Thursday, most
of them friendlies, have left the manager with a skeleton squad.
France v Spain
Wednesday’s friendly between France in the Saint-Denis stadium will bring
together the biggest group of Barça stars - Henry for France and Xavi, Sergio Busquets, Piqué,
Puyol and Iniesta for Spain.
Kick-off: Wednesday 3rd March, 9 pm (CET)
Alves in London
Meanwhile, Dani Alves will join up with the Brazil squad for a friendly against Ireland in
Arsenal’s Emirates stadium in London on Tuesday.
Kick-off: Tuesday 2nd March, 9.05 pm (CET)
Messi with Argentina
Leo Messi flew out to Germany on Sunday to link up with the Argentine squad. On Wednesday
they take on Germany in a friendly match in Munich’s Allianz Arena.
Kick-off: Wednesday 3rd March, 8.45 pm (CET)
Márquez and Dos Santos jet off to USA
Only Márquez and Jonathan Dos Santos have been forced to travel outside of Europe for their
international commitments. Mexico will take on New Zealand in Pasadena (USA).
Kick-off: Thursday 4th March, 4 am (CET)
Jeffren with Spain under-21s
Jeffren Suarez is the only Barça play to be involved in a competitive match, the
rest all taking part in friendlies. He will represent Spain uner-21s in a European qualifier
Kick-off: Tuesday 2nd March, 7 pm (CET)