BARCELONA VS REAL BETIS for La Liga season opener
Barcelona will hope to improve the mood around Camp Nou by getting off to a winning start in La Liga on Sunday against Real Betis.
It has been a difficult first summer in charge for Ernesto Valverde, with the departure of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain followed by a humbling in the Supercopa de Espana at the hands of Real Madrid.
Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu is coming under increasing pressure and if the Blaugrana make a bad start in the league, Valverde could find himself firefighting just weeks into his tenure.
The next Barcelona match is upon us! The Blaugrana start the new season of La Liga with a game at Camp Nou against Real Betis, and Ernesto Valverde has called up 18 players to be in uniform today.
This is the full squad:
Goalkeepers: 1. Marc-André ter Stegen, 13. Jasper Cillessen
Defenders: 2. Nélson Semedo, 3. Gerard Piqué, 14. Javier Mascherano, 18. Jordi Alba, 19. Lucas Digne, 22. Aleix Vidal, 23. Samuel Umtiti
Midfielders: 4. Ivan Rakitic, 5. Sergio Busquets, 6. Denis Suarez, 7. Arda Turan, 20. Sergi Roberto, 21. André Gomes
Forwards: 10. Lionel Messi, 16. Gerard Deulofeu, 17. Paco Alcácer