BARCELONA, April 18 (Reuters) – Barcelona has announced plans to travel to Japan as part of its preparations for the coming season. In July, they will face Premier League Chelsea and former captain Andres Iniesta's side Vissel Kobe, who plays in the top Japanese group.

La Liga leaders meet with Chelsea at the Saitama Stadium in Tokyo on July 23 before heading to Vissel in Kobe on July 27 to play against Iniesta and former Barca players David Villa and Sergi Samper become.

Both friendlies are organized by Barca's main sponsor Rakuten, the Japanese retailer.

Barca has played his last two preseason games in the USA in the International Champions Cup and has not been to Asia since 2013 when they played in Thailand and Malaysia.

They have not played since winning the 2015 Club World Cup in Japan and defeated Yokohama River Plate 3-0.

The Catalans are nine leagues ahead of the league in the league, six games to go and have reached both the final of the Copa del Rey and the semi-finals of the Champions League, where they will face Liverpool. (Report by Richard Martin Cut by Toby Davis)

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