La Liga: Revitalised Barcelona Aiming for a Flying Start

Champions League finalists Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid don't get their Spanish league campaigns underway until Monday night as they face off in the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Friday. Barcelona, on the other hand, will be happy to concentrate on making a good start in the La Liga.

updated: August 22, 2014 10:23 IST
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Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi and Barcelona's Brazilian forward Neymar da Silva Santos Junior (R) sit during the 49th Joan Gamper Trophy football match FC Barcelona vs Leon Club at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on August 18, 2014.


Madrid: Barcelona will be looking to put a disastrous end to last season behind them when they open their new La Liga campaign at home to Elche on Sunday.

Former Barca captain Luis Enrique will take charge of his first competitive game after replacing Gerardo Martino in the dugout, but many of the new faces in the playing staff are unlikely to feature.

Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Thomas Vermaelen are both sidelined by injury, while Luis Suarez continues his four-month ban for biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup.

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