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Barcelona To Wear La Liga Champions Patch

Barcelona will be the first team to wear a commemorative LaLiga champions patch

A post on the Barcelona website said:

The LaLiga initiative is a novelty for this season, and Barça will be the first club to use the LaLiga champions badge. It forms part of the Spanish league’s new corporate logo, ‘The Beat’ –representing the rhythm and passion of the greatest league in the world- and will be placed on the right sleeve of the FC Barcelona shirt, just above the logo itself. Within the emblem will be the numbers 17/18, in reference to the most recent title win.

Lionel Messi has vowed to bring the Champions League back to Barcelona in his first season as club captain.

The Argentine addressed the Camp Nou crowd ahead of their match against Boca Juniors to contest the Joan Gamper Trophy.

New signing Malcom grabbed his first goal at Camp Nou, before Messi and Rafinha strikes completed a 3-0 win over the South American side.

Messi said: ‘It’s a source of great pride to be captain. I know what it means to wear the armband.

‘I am lucky to have had great role models such as Puyol, Xavi and the great Andrés whom we will miss this season.’

The Association of Spanish Footballers has criticized La Liga’s deal with a multinational media, sports and entertainment company that is set to see top-flight games hosted in the United States.

On Thursday LaLiga and Relevent, the group behind the International Champions Cup, announced a 15-year partnership that includes plans to bring regular-season league games to America for the first time.

La Liga president Javier Tebas expressed his hope that the arrangement would “give a major impulse to the popularity of the beautiful game in the USA and Canada”, yet Spain’s players’ union has reacted angrily to the proposals.

La Liga To Play Matches In America

A La Liga game is coming to the United States, possibly as early as this year, but a Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona remains out of the question.

The league has struck a 15-year deal with multinational media company Relevent Sports which will see matches played outside of a home country in a top European league for the first time ever.

The idea is start as early as the 2018/19 season with Barcelona and Real Madrid seen by authorities as the two clubs who will drive increased viewing figures in the competition.

Lopetegui: Derby Defeat Doesn’t Change Much

Julen Lopetegui declared Real Madrid’s 4-2 defeat to Atletico in the European Super Cup ‘doesn’t change our transfer policy much’.

“I don’t think it changes much of our transfer policy. It’s time to lift ourselves and start the League well,” Marca quoted the Coach as saying after the game.

He added, as per UEFA.com: “In a final, those who make the most errors often lose and Atleti are experts at taking advantage of that. When we were at our best they made it 2-2. We’ll pick ourselves up and carry on.

Diego Simeone hailed Atletico Madrid’s ‘excellent’ squad depth after watching his side finally beat city rivals Real Madrid 4-2 in a European final.

“The substitutions were very good, they gave us extra energy and legs, Correa, Thomas and Vitolo. During an extraordinary night for Costa, they gave us extra strength,” said the Coach after Wednesday’s match in Tallinn reports UEFA.com.

“Clearly we have an excellent squad. That’s what we need – to have all the players ready and available to go.

“During recent Finals, a number of things didn’t go our way and prevented us winning.

Atletico Win UEFA Super Cup

Sergio Ramos and Diego Costa were back to their antagonising best in the UEFA Super Cup but it was a Saul wonder goal that made sure Atletico Madrid lifted the trophy.

The Spain midfielder smashed a volley past Keylor Navas from Thomas Partey’s cross in extra-time to leave Diego Simeone celebrating in the main stand of the Tallin’s tiny national stadium.

He has said in the past that nothing will make up for Atletico losing two Champions League finals against their bitter rivals but this was minor revenge with Real Madrid looking ragged at times, suggesting they have paid the price for not strengthening in the summer after the sale of Cristiano Ronaldo.

All 20 teams of LaLiga have completed their pre-season matches and Espanyol were the team who had the most successful run, coming out with a win in all six of their games.

Only Real Betis have managed more wins than the Catalan side and that is only due to their additional games played.

With three goals each, Borja Iglesias and Sergi Darder were Espanyol’s top scorers.

Espanyol have not been involved in much transfer business, as the coach Rubi has the utmost confidence in his squad and especially his two strikers upfront.

Meet La Liga New Boys Huesca

La Liga has another Cinderella side in the mix this season. Fairytale club Huesca are ready for their first ever season in the top flight and it promises to be emotional.

They have managed to add 2,000 seats to their 5,300 capacity ground – although refurbishment will mean they have to play their first three games away.

They have also been able to hang on to the 19-year-old Colombian striker, Cucho Hernandez, who they borrowed from Watford last season.

And they have loaned another forward, Ruben Semedo, currently out on bail for attempted murder and the unlicensed possession of a firearm.

Lopetegui Continues To Talk Up Gareth Bale

Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui praised Gareth Bale and is confident the Welsh forward will fill the void left by the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus.

Prolific striker Ronaldo moved to Juventus in July and Madrid have not signed a replacement, with the onus on Bale to become the team’s key figure after he struck twice in the Champions League final win over Liverpool.

‘We love that (Bale) is with us. He is so motivated with a lot of hope and he’s been working well since the beginning of the season,’ Lopetegui told reporters on the eve of Real’s UEFA Super Cup showdown with Europa League holders and city rivals Atletico Madrid in Tallinn.