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Chelsea will face Barcelona in Saitama today at 7.30pm local time (11.30am UK time) for the Rakuten Cup. The game will be Chelsea’s fourth pre-season game of the summer.
New Blues boss Frank Lampard has been in charge of Chelsea for three games, losing one, drawing one and winning one.
Barcelona will represent the biggest test of Frank Lampard’s summer pre-season, as the Blues have already lost to Japanese champions Kawasaki Frontale this summer.
Chelsea left-back Marcos Alonso is looking forward to that game and the Spaniard has a Real Madrid heritage and is looking to renew his rivalry with the Spanish champions.
“Playing Barcelona will be fantastic and it will be a great game between two good clubs with a special rivalry,” Alonso told the official Chelsea website.
“It will be a great game to watch and to be a part of.
“My father played for the Real Madrid Academy as well but after a few things happened, he went to Barcelona.
“With our family all from Madrid, going there caused a few fights in the family! No I’m only joking, it was all good and he had a great time there.
“He would always tell me how big a club Barcelona is and he was lucky to play with one of the greatest players ever in [Diego] Maradonna.
“We had a bitter sensation after suffering defeat against Barcelona the last time we played them [in the Champions League] but I think we can fight better this time around.
“It will be tough [back in the Champions League] but we want to fight for every title and to be the best you have to beat the best teams.”