It seemed like Barca was going to play without Messi earlier but things have normalized once again at Camp Nou and the world best has resumed work for his long time business partner as he featured in a friendly with Gimnastic de Tarragona yesterday evening. The Argentine started in the 3-1 win over third-tier Nastic after the club confirmed he would remain as captain. He was however replaced at half-time with other starters.
Ousmane Dembele opened the scoring with Antoine Griezmann and Phillipe Coutinho netting penalties. Barca’s season starts on Sunday, 27 September with a home game against Villarreal in La Liga.
Source: BBC Sport