BARCELONA -- Barcelona eased to an opening day 2-0 win over Real Betis on Sunday, thanks to an Alin Tosca own goal and an effort from Sergi Roberto.
The game at Camp Nou was preceded by a minute's silence in memory of those killed in the terror attacks in the city this week. The Barca players carried "Barcelona" on the back of their shirts, where their surnames would usually appear, and #TotsSomBarcelona on the front (#WeAreAllBarcelona).
In front of an attendance of more than 56,000 -- Marca...
For the first time in a very long time, Barcelona do not start the season as the favourites to win La Liga.
Barca have won Spain's top flight in six of the past nine years, but they didn't win it last year, and no one really expects them to win it in 2017-18. A turbulent preseason ended with a 5-1 aggregate defeat to Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup, and there's a feeling that -- not for the first time, admittedly -- a golden generation of players is finally declining.