Barcelona, sans Lionel Messi and Neymar, will lock horns with Steven Gerrard and LA Galaxy in the International Champions Cup 2015 on Tuesday.
The Champions League holders are one of many heavyweight sides from Europe playing in the International Champions Cup this preseason, and they couldn't have asked for a bigger glamour friendly – in terms of playing a team from the MLS -- than the one against LA Galaxy.
Barcelona play two more International Champions Cup matches – against Manchester United and Chelsea – before flying back to Europe, and even if Messi, Neymar, Javier Mascherano, Claudio Bravo and Dani Alves will miss the tour to the US in its entirety, Luis Enrique will know the importance of getting as much match time as possible ahead of the new season, where they will be defending the title of every competition they enter.
"These matches will help get us ready for the start of the official season," Enrique was quoted by the club's official website. "My goal is to keep everyone motivated and to win the three titles [again]."
While Barcelona are as big a fish as they make them in club football, plenty of eyeballs will also be grabbed by Gerrard, who had a debut to remember for LA Galaxy, scoring in a come-from-behind 5-2 win over San Jose Earthquakes in his MLS debut.
With the season just getting started for Gerrard, the former Liverpool captain will be keen to show he has still got it in him to mix it with the likes of Andres Iniesta and Luis Suarez.
"We're playing the best club team in the world," LA Galaxy coach Bruce Arena told the club's official website. "Last week, we played the best club team in North America so you can't complain about that
"Even without Messi and Neymar, they have a large contingent of outstanding players and it'll certainly be a good challenge for us. These games are for the fans and a lot of people are coming to support both teams and we want it to be a good game."
With Messi and Neymar not involved, all eyes from a Barcelona perspective will be on Gerrard's former Liverpool teammate Luis Suarez, who Arena thinks is one of the best strikers in the world.
"He's one of the top players in the world," Arena added. "He's in anybody's conversation.
"He scores goals. That's a quality that if you can do that consistently, it's remarkable. It's no secret that he, Messi or Ronaldo are spoken of as the best players in the world."
Where to Watch Live
LA Galaxy vs Barcelona is scheduled to begin at 8 pm local time (8.30 am IST, 4 am BST, 5 am CET). Star Sports 2 will show the match live in India, with the online live streaming option on Starsports online.
Viewers in Spain can catch all the action live on Canal+ and TV3.