The Barcelona manager won’t be able to lead his team in a friendly match against Inter Miami, which will be managed by his brother Oscar, as he has once again been denied travel authorization to the US.
The Barca manager arrived at Barcelona’s airport on Saturday with his team, but he was unable to travel with them to the US because of prior trips to Iran. Because of this, the team made plans for Xavi to fly out on Tuesday to meet up with his team, but he hasn’t yet received permission to go supervise the team’s training sessions.
Because of his former involvement with the Qatari club Al Sadd as a player and coach, Xavi has traveled to Iran three times in the past five years. He was asked to submit more supporting evidence to support his trips to the Middle Eastern country because of Iran’s diplomatic ties with the United States.
As a result, Xavi Hernandez’s brother Oscar will be in control of the match against their MLS opponents, and The manager will be hopeful that his paperwork gets completed in time to face Real Madrid four days later in Las Vegas.
In order to help them leave the club in the upcoming weeks, Xavi kept five Barcelona players from participating in the tour. As the club looks for buyers, several players were left off the team, including goalkeeper Neto, defenders Oscar Mingueza and Samuel Umtiti, midfielder Riqui Puig, and striker Martin Braithwaite.
Real Madrid and Inter Miami will be the first two opponents for Barcelona’s 28-man team on their preseason tour of the United States. On July 26, Juventus will be the last opponent. With a match against the New York Red Bulls on July 31, they will wrap up their US tour.
The squad’s pre-season preparations will suffer as a result of having to follow their manager’s instructions from a distance.