FC Barcelona v Real Betis 20 August 2017

Jessica Allison
August 21, 2017

Aside from the shirts, Barcelona is planning a minute's silence before the match on Sunday.

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

'I will not change the system often, although our style of play does not change.

Nonetheless, this was a complete display from Barcelona after a hard week for the city, with tributes to the victims of the Las Ramblas terror attack victims made before kick off. That is not the end of it; Barcelona have not been able to find his replacement, and they have not been able to hit the ground running, as their recent Spanish Super loss to Real Madrid suggest.

Barcelona ended a hard week by beating Real Betis 2-0 at the Nou Camp in their La Liga opener on Sunday.

The decision for the match to go ahead with increased security measures put in place was part of a desire to "recover normality" in the words of Catalonia's president Carles Puigdemont.

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But the mood Sunday was altogether more somber as the football club's supporters congregated at the Camp Nou stadium to watch Barca's first league game of the season against Real Betis. The attacks clearly had an impact with only 56, 480 fans turning up for the match.

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

On the field, Valverde's reign got off to a hard start with a 5-1 aggregate thrashing in the Spanish Super Cup at the hands of rivals Real Madrid.

However, despite also missing the injured Luis Suarez and Andres Iniesta, Barca rose to the challenge of raising the city's spirits with a dominant display. "The club wishes to send our support and thoughts to the victims, their families and friends as well as the people of Barcelona and its visitors". I said yesterday our idea was to move forward, to give a feeling of normality.

A stern defensive showing from Betis was eventually broken in the 36th minute, though, when Gerard Deulofeu's low cross received the slightest of touches from defender Alin Tosca, leaving Antonio Adan with no chance in the away side's goal.

Barcelona won their opening match of the season 2-0 with an own goal and a strike from Sergi Roberto proving the difference.

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