Welcome to La Liga! The opening weekend of the best league on the planet (yes) is finally here, and the champions begin their title defense at home! Barcelona face Real Betis, and the Blaugrana hope to kick off the league season with a victory.
Camp Nou is ready for the game. The lines are perfect!
Camp Nou is ready for the opening @LaLigaEN game of the season. Are you? #FCBLive #FCBBetis pic.twitter.com/yMSaT4cr0x— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) August 20, 2016
The players have arrived...
Camp Nou #FCBLive #FCBBetis pic.twitter.com/nXYLC7RgJs— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) August 20, 2016
... And the lineups are out!
Barcelona starting lineup (4-3-3):
Bravo | Roberto, Piqué, Umtiti, Alba | Busquets, Rakitic, Denis | Messi, Suárez, Arda
Substitutes from: Masip, Douglas, Vidal, Digne, Samper, Kaptoum, Munir
Coach: Luis Enrique
Real Betis starting lineup (5-3-2 / 3-5-2):
Adán | Cejudo, Bruno, Mandi, Pezzela, Durmisi | Petros, Jonas, Felipe | Sanabria, Castro
Substitutes from: Giménez, Musonda, Ceballos, Joaquin, Alegría, Fabián, José Carlos
Coach: Gustavo Poyet
No surprises in the lineup from Luis Enrique. Sergi Roberto appears to be the number one right-back in this young season, and gets the nod for the league opener. Despite his great preseason, Lucas Digne goes to the bench as Jordi Alba starts. Arda Turan is once again a winger, which means Lucho is smart. Lionel Messi is your captain. Alberto Undiano Mallenco is the referee.
Couple penalties, please?
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