Why Barcelona and Man City played a mid-season friendly

A midweek clash between two European heavyweights would largely be reserved for the Champions League but on Wednesday night Barcelona and Manchester City faced off in a friendly, which ended in a 3-0 draw. 3.

The timing and purpose of the game raised quite a few eyebrows, given that it’s not usual for teams to play a friendly in the middle of a league season. This game, however, went beyond footballing reasons.

This game was played to raise funds to support research into the cure for ALS disease. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a degenerative neuro-disease currently incurable and with a life expectancy of four to five years.

In 2020, Juan Carlos Unzue, former Barcelona assistant manager and close friend of Pep Guardiola, the Catalan giants’ ex-coach who is now in charge of Manchester City, was diagnosed with ALS.

In emotional scenes at the Camp Nou, Unzue kicked off the game in front of 91,062 fans and even addressed the Barcelona players in the dressing room.

“I would like to thank Barcelona and Manchester City first. I would like to thank everyone who came here, everyone who bought a ticket and everyone who made a donation. Everyone who is fighting against the disease, ”said the ex-Barcelona player quoted by Spanish media.

Guardiola said after the match: “The artist here is Unzué, who made this possible, because of his stubbornness and all his people pushing and pushing to do it. It was a beautiful summer night, the stadium was full and it was a fun game, six goals, chances for both teams. Congratulations.”

Both clubs will now focus on their domestic leagues. Barcelona, ​​coached by Xavi, are two games into their La Liga campaign, having drawn one and won one.

Despite being unbeaten in three games, Manchester City dropped points for the first time this season after being held 3-3 by Newcastle United.

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