Bengaluru FC to play Barcelona, Villarreal reserve sides in preparation for AFC Cup

Bengaluru: Bengaluru FC, one of Indian football's best clubs in recent years, will be up against the reserve teams of Spanish giants FC Barcelona and Villarreal in their pre-season friendly matches.

 Bengaluru FC to play Barcelona, Villarreal reserve sides in preparation for AFC Cup

Bengaluru FC had to settle for second place in the 2016 AFC Cup, losing to Iraqi club Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya in the final. Reuters

"We've got some big news coming in! The Blues are off to Spain for a pre-season that includes games against @FCBarcelonaB and @VillarrealCF B. Stay tuned!" Bengaluru FC wrote on its official twitter handle.

Bengaluru FC are currently in pre-season training at their residential facilities in Bellary, following which they will fly out to Spain for a fortnight pre-season camp. The Blues' first competitive match of the season kicks off in less than a month, as they take on Turkmenistan's Altyn Asyr FK in a two-legged Inter-Zone semifinal of the AFC Cup, on 22 and 29 August.

The two-time I-League champions will also be training at the Masia La Grava facility in Valencia and would play a series of friendly games against 2015 AFC Champions League runners-up Shabab Al Ahli Dubai FC and Spanish Segunda B side, Atletico Saguntino ahead of their two-legged Inter-Zone clash against Turkmenistan's Altyn Asyr FC.

Masa La Grava boasts of two full sized natural turfs apart from multiple artificial turfs.

Updated Date: Jul 27, 2018 21:01:38 IST