Barcelona to honor terror victims in LaLiga opener

Arnold Nichols
August 21, 2017

Pep Guardiola has expressed his sorrow for the victims of Thursday's terrorist attack in his home city of Barcelona.

Guardiola is now manager at Manchester City but he enjoyed a glittering playing and coaching career with Barcelona, delivering a host of trophies.

The front pages of the sport papers in Spain on Friday were dominated by the events on the streets of Barcelona, with Marca writing: "Today, we can not speak about sport" and Mundo Deportivo leading with "Horror".

Stung by their 5-1 aggregate Spanish Super Cup defeat by arch-rivals Real Madrid, Barca, whose players wore the word "Barcelona" on the backs of their shirts rather than their own names, might have taken the lead with less than three minutes gone when Gerard Deulofeu stabbed a shot wide from close range after being picked out by Sergio Roberto. But all of us have to help him.

Isco and Marcelo drove Zinedine Zidane's side forward from the left and moved the ball for Luka Modric to shoot at goal.

New coach Ernesto Valverde deserves credit for implementing a well structured team shape and his team looked comfortable and focussed throughout, with Betis never having a chance to impose their preferred passing approach.

Barcelona vs Real Betis La Liga game is scheduled for 8:15pm local time, 11:45pm IST 7:15pm BST, 2:15pm ET.

Barcelona-based Sport's headline went with a take on FC Barcelona's team motto: "Tots units fem forca" (together we are stronger).

Espanyol, also based in Barcelona, published photographs of their squad linking arms in a circle to pay their respects.

Real Madrid also held a minute's silence before starting their training as many of Zinedine Zidane's players offered their condolences.

Fourteen people died in two separate attacks in Catalonia. Spain's King Felipe and Queen Letizia were among those who prayed for the 14 people killed in Barcelona and Cambrils.

"We would like to show our solidarity with the victims and their families in these hard times", he said. Also, the team lost their lead player (Neymar) in this Summer is another big drop.

"Luis Suarez's absence is an important one for us, but we have players who can come in and do the job", said Valverde.

"I am sad and want to send my best wishes and support to everyone". "I want to show her the handsome people and city".

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