Barca host rivals Actual within the first-leg of their Clasico cup semi-final
Barcelona stars are set to welcome within the Chinese language New Yr by emblazoning their shirts with their names in Mandarin tonight.
Barca face arch-rivals Real Madrid within the Copa del Rey semi-finals this night.
And as it’s the first day of the Chinese language New Yr at this time, the Liga giants will mark the event by having their names written in Chinese language characters on the again of their shirts.
That is the yr of the pig in China and this week has seen celebrations happen all world wide.
Barcelona’s conflict with Actual may also take part with the festivities with the membership saying: “[We] will put on some distinctive shirts on this Wednesday’s recreation towards Actual Madrid.
“To commemorate the Chinese New Year, which is being celebrated this week, the shirts will have player names with Chinese characters just below the regular names, the first time that the Club has added new characters on the back of the shirt.
“Also known as the Spring Festival, this traditional festival is the most important of the year in the Chinese calendar, which in 2019 marks the Year of the Pig.
“This year is also an important one for the strategy of establishment of Barca in China, which will experience its most important moment next summer when the first team will visit China and Japan on their preseason tour.”
Barcelona vs Actual Madrid: Kick-off time and staff information
The semi-final first-leg tie will happen at Nou Camp on Wednesday, February 6 with kick at 8pm UK time.
The return leg will happen on the Bernabeu on Wednesday, February 27, kicking off on the identical time.
Actual solely have damage issues over Jesus Vallejo and Luca Zidane going into the conflict but it surely’s a distinct story for Barelona.
Ousmane Dembele, Rafinha, Jasper Cillessen and Samuel Umtiti are injured whereas Lionel Messi is a big doubt.
The Argentine educated with the Barca squad yesterday as he appears to be like to show his health after struggling a leg damage in Saturday’s La Liga win over Valencia.
Ernesto Valverde has admitted he’s nonetheless not sure if the 31-year-old shall be accessible for the El Clasico tie on the Nou Camp.
Valverde mentioned: “I’ve not seen Messi at this time so don’t have any reply, we are going to see how he’s. I’m not huge on taking dangers when there are numerous video games forward of us.
“If La Liga ended tomorrow, if it was our final recreation… but when a participant has an damage, whether or not it’s Messi or not, I want to watch out.”