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FC Barcelona News: 17 August 2017; Barcelona Lose Supercopa, Two Key Players Suffer Injuries

FC Barcelona v Real Madrid - Supercopa de Espana: 1st Leg Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images,

Real Madrid 2-0 FC Barcelona: Super Cup slips away | FC Barcelona
It would have been great for Ernesto Valverde and his squad to start the campaign with a trophy, but it’s Real Madrid who have earned the early bragging rights of the Spanish football season. Following the 3-1 victory at the Camp Nou, they added two more goals to their account in tonight’s second leg of the Spanish Super Cup, the annual fixture between the reigning champions of La Liga and the Copa del Rey.

Luis Suárez and Gerard Piqué injury problems after the Clásico | FC Barcelona
Gerard Piqué and Luis Suárez both ended the game with injury problems on Wednesday evening in the Santiago Bernabéu. The Catalan defender had to be replaced by Nélson Semedo just five minutes into the second half due to groin strain in his left leg.

Ernesto Valverde optimistic for the 'long season ahead of us' | FC Barcelona
Gerard Piqué and Jordi Alba also spoke to the press following the 2-0 defeat to Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup second leg.

Barca are being destroyed | Goal
Laporta believes Barcelona have lost some of their identity since those heady days, particularly since the departure of Xavi, and says the club should remain true to Cruyff’s philosophy. In terms of personnel, Barcelona have been unable to convince some of their targets - including Marco Verratti - to join the club, while Neymar has now left to join PSG. So what has gone wrong?

Broken Barcelona face toughest season in years after summer of discontent | Goal
These are troubled times at Futbol Club Barcelona. After missing out on La Liga and exiting early in the Champions League last season, the Blaugrana claimed only the Copa del Rey in 2016-17 and their team has since been made weaker by Neymar's shock move to Paris Saint-Germain.

Barcelona inferior to Madrid: Neymar exit, midfield issue among key reasons | ESPN
One of the most alarming things about Madrid's dominance against Barca over two legs this week was their control in midfield. In the years of the 5-0 and the 6-2 Clasico drubbings, one of the many lasting images provided was of Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta calmly controlling the game. Now it's Toni Kroos and Luka Modric afforded that honour, supported by Casemiro, Mateo Kovacic, Isco, Marco Asensio or whoever Zidane decides to pick.

Guillem Balague assesses the problems at Barcelona after Spanish Super Cup defeat to Real Madrid | Sky Sports
Everything that happened at the Clasico can be summed up by Gerard Pique's reaction after the game. He said he has never felt so inferior to Real Madrid and in fact you probably have to go back almost a decade to find a similar situation.

Pep Segura confirms Coutinho and Dembelé deals close to being finalised | FC Barcelona
Speaking after tonight’s Spanish Super Cup second leg, FC Barcelona manager of sport for football, Pep Segura, has stated that Liverpool and Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho and Borussia Dortmund and France striker Ousmane Dembélé “are very close” to joining the FC Barcelona first team and that he hopes to see them wearing the jersey in the not too distant future.

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