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FC Barcelona News: 19 August 2016; Last Training Session Before La Liga Kickoff Completed

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Treble, double, what next? Luis Enrique's Barcelona stronger than ever - but Madrid & Atletico will be tough -
When Barcelona won the Spanish Supercopa earlier this week, Luis Enrique complained that the series should not have been played at all. Why? Because the Catalans won both Liga and Copa last season, just as they had in his debut campaign. So can they dominate domestically for a third season in a row?

When and where to watch FC Barcelona v Betis | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona kick off the league campaign at the Camp Nou against Real Betis. After winning the Spanish Super Cup, Luis Enrique's side will now be looking to claim their first three points of the season.The game kicks off at 6.15pm CET but below is a guide to make sure you know when and where to catch Barca’s first league game of the season wherever you may be located around the globe.

FC Barcelona hold final session before league season kicks off | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona on Friday morning trained for the final time before the start of the league season which commences on Saturday against Real Betis at the Camp Nou (6.15pm CET). Fresh off the back of winning the Spanish Super Cup, Barça will be aiming to kick off the league in style with three points against Gustavo Poyet’s side.

Recovery session with Liga start approaching | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona held a light session at Ciutat Esportiva on Thursday evening after competing in the Spanish Super Cup second leg the night before.Luis Enrique’s side overcame the threat of Sevilla with a 3-0 win on Wednesday to claim the first piece of silverware of the domestic season (5-0 aggregate) and, therefore, the manager opted for a less intense workout for his players.

Luis Enrique, eight out of ten titles | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique has now won his eight title following the 5-0 aggregate win over Sevilla in the Spanish Super Cup. It was the only title that the Asturian had yet to lift as manager of the Catalans. In winning the Super Cup, he equals Pep Guardiola’s record of claiming eight of the first ten titles up for grabs.

La Liga season preview includes Barcelona and Real Madrid two team title race - ESPN FC
I'd like to be more positive and more optimistic about the supporting cast. Football often benefits from change, innovation and problem-solving results. But no matter how you package it, Sevilla and Villarreal have lost two intelligent, successful, driven and high-quality coaches in Unai Emery and Marcelino. How they cope with that will be a test. Interesting and quite possibly fun, too.

RUMOURS: Barcelona close in on Ajax's Jasper Cillessen -
Barcelona are closing in on the signing of Ajax goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen, according to De Telegraaf. The Liga champions have identified Cillessen, 27, as their preferred choice to replace Claudio Bravo, who is on the brink of completing a switch to Manchester City.

Man City target Claudio Bravo hasn't said goodbye - Barcelona's Andre Gomes - ESPN FC
Bravo, 33, was given a rapturous reception by the Camp Nou crowd on Wednesday and appeared to be more emotional than usual when embracing his teammates after the Blaugrana won the Spanish Super Cup by beating Sevilla 5-0 on aggregate.

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