Barcelona vs. Chelsea: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Team News and Latest Odds

Chelsea concludes its two-game tour of Japan on Tuesday, when it takes on Barcelona in Saitama.

On Friday, Frank Lampard tasted defeat for the first time since he was appointed as the Blues new coach, with his team suffering an unexpected 1-0 defeat against J-League side Kawasaki Frontale.

The defending Europa League champions have won just one of their three preseason friendlies so far, but new signing Christian Pulisic isn't particularly concerned.

"I'm really happy to be here with the team and to get in an actual match for the first time feels really good," the American, who made his first appearance in a Chelsea shirt when he came on as a substitute against Kawasaki, told ChelseaTV after the game.

"We wanted to come out with a win, but I'm definitely happy. They were a very good opponent. They tested us for 90 minutes and they scored a good goal in the end."

Even though its preparation is at a more advanced stage than Barcelona, Chelsea could face an ever sterner test against the five-time Champions League winners.

The reigning La Liga champions are yet to play a game this summer, with the match against Chelsea kicking off a two-game stand in Japan, before they take on Arsenal at home and then back-to-back fixtures against Napoli in the U.S. next month.

The Catalans, however, have been busy off the field, with the arrival of Antoine Griezmann taking the club's summer spending to over $250 million. Over half of that sum—$134 million—was spent to trigger the Frenchman's release clause, which ended a protracted transfer saga with Atletico Madrid.

The 28-year-old, who signed a five-year deal with Barcelona, was first linked with a move to the Nou Camp in 2017 but rejected the Catalans' advances and signed a new deal with Atletico last summer.

Less than a year later, however, he joined Barcelona, triggering the ire of his former club. Atletico, which reported its La Liga rivals to FIFA over an illegal approach for Griezmann in December 2017, believes Barcelona has not paid the full amount for the Frenchman.

Griezmann's release clause dropped from $224 million to $134 million on July 1 and Atletico insisted Barcelona should have paid the former amount, which was the player's value when he began negotiating with the club.

Here's everything you need to know ahead of Tuesday.

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Head coach of English Premier League club Chelsea Frank Lampard watches his players during a training session in their Japan tour at Nack5 stadium in Saitama on July 21. Behrouz Mehri/AFP/Getty

When and where is the game?

Barcelona takes on Chelsea at Saitama Stadium in Saitama, Japan, with kickoff scheduled for 7:30 p.m. local time (6:30 a.m. ET) on Tuesday, July 23.

TV coverage

The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2 with English commentary and on ESPN Deportes with Spanish commentary.

Live stream

Live stream will be available via ESPN digital platforms as well as via WatchESPN.

Team news

Neither team will be at full strength on Tuesday. Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has given the likes of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho an extended break after their involvement in the Copa America.

Griezmann, however, looks poised to make his debut for the La Liga champions since completing his transfer from Atletico Madrid.

Chelsea, meanwhile, could be without Tammy Abrahama and Kepa Arrizabalaga, who missed out the game against Kawasaki Frontale last week because of illness.

Frank Lampard also remains without long-term absentees Willian, Antonio Rudiger, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and N'Golo Kante.


According to BetOnline, Chelsea is a 36/25 favorite (+144 in moneyline terms) to win, while Barcelona is at 151/100 and the draw is at 11/5.

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