Barca 'not afraid' as attacks overshadow La Liga start

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Betis lost star player Dani Ceballos to Real Madrid earlier this summer, but the Seville-based side have been active in the transfer market, signing Mexican global Andres Guardado, former Barcelona winger Cristian Tello and ex-Manchester City midfielder Javi Garcia.

On the other side, the defending champions, Real Madrid also emerged victorious against Deportivo La Coruna with a score that stood at 3-0.

Another summer signing, former Montpellier midfielder Ryad Boudebouz, is still building up his fitness and is unlikely to play a part at Camp Nou.

Barcelona had been given permission to make the changes to their home shirt from the Royal Spanish Football Federation.

Barcelona players will kick-off their La Liga campaign this weekend by paying tribute to the victims of a terror attack in the Catalan city on Thursday.

Barcelona ended a hard week by beating Real Betis 2-0 at the Nou Camp in their La Liga opener on Sunday. "This victory is for those affected".

Following the bad events of last Thursday afternoon, it was always going to be a hard occasion with a sombre mood in the Camp Nou.




After the attack some fans, especially tourists, returned their tickets, the club said without giving figures.

"His work in attack and defence can be a big asset to us", said Valverde.

Both goals came after plays started by Gerard Deulofeu, one of the players expected to try to replace Neymar after his world record transfer to Paris Saint-Germain.

Coach Ernesto Valverde admitted on Saturday events in the past few days had put the club's problems into perspective.

With the mayor of Cambrils Cami Mendoza and chiefs of Catalonia's regional police force among those watching on, captain Lionel Messi led by example with Deolofeu and Paco Alcacer struggling to fill Suarez and Neymar's shoes up front.

However, the hosts were eventually rewarded for their persistence as they were gifted the opening goal moments later, Tosca scoring at the wrong end after deflecting Gerard Deulofeu's cross into the back of his own net.

Deulofeu then provided the assist for Sergi Roberto on Barcelona's second after some excellent work out wide.

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