According to newspaper Olé, the AFA (Argentina Football Association) is trying to organize a friendly between Messi’s Argentina and Neymar’s Brazil with the aim of solving the difficult economic situation that the Covid-19 pandemic has created.
The game between Messi and Neymar could be played between 3-8 September. The game will be played with fans, as other European national games (such as Germany – Spain) are planned to take place with fans as well. The aim is to make these games profitable for the federation.
The Argentina – Brazil game would be one of the biggest tests for Messi’s Argentina before returning to official competition in October, and Neymar will have the opportunity to meet again with his old team-mate.
Source: Olé via Mundo Deportivo
Coutinho and Pjanic speak post Barça 1-0 Elche
Barça midfielders Philippe Coutinho and new signing Miralem Pjanic spoke to the media after Barça’s narrow 1-0 triumph over Elche at the Camp Nou.
“Being back here feels great. I missed playing here, and I’m very excited to continue.” Coutinho told the media. “We’re trying our best to adapt to the coach’s new system. The level of the team is increasing; I hope things go well.”
After having featured in all three pre-season games for Barça, Coutinho is looking forward to the upcoming La Liga season. “I am eager to help the team win. There is one week left till La Liga starts and we are all focused and excited to begin.”
“I feel very happy that I made my debut. It was great.” Pjanic said after the game. “The team are working hard to prepare for the upcoming matches.”
Miralem Pjanic and Philippe Coutinho are both essentially new additions to the Barça squad since Pjanic just joined from Juventus and Coutinho returned back from his loan spell at Bayern – where he won the treble in a remarkable fashion. Things are looking bright for Coutinho, who has featured in all of Barça’s three pre-season games. Culés around the world are expecting big things from the two after having lost Brazilian youngster Arthur to Juventus this summer.