Honoring victims of attacks, Barcelona wins league opener

FC Barcelona to play without names

Earlier this week, Barca boss Ernesto Valverde said: "They are very unfortunate circumstances and from our club we give our full support to the victims".

Attackers struck again in the early hours of Friday morning in Cambrils, 120 kilometres south of Barcelona, where a vehicle rammed into pedestrians, killing one person.

A terrorist drove a van through the busy pedestrian street of Las Ramblas in the heart of the city, weaving from side to side in what was confirmed by Spanish police as a terror attack, which Islamic State have since claimed responsibility for.

Inside the stadium, the club will hold a moment of silence before Sunday's La Liga opener against Real Betis.

In other hand, the Real Betis are ready to play against to the Barcelona on their first La Liga match under the guidelines of their new manager Quique Setien.

"We are calm. Moreover, we support the reaction of the people yesterday in Plaza Catalunya that "we are not afraid", added Valverde. "We have to do our best in the circumstances and the best way [to do that] is to continue forward".

But instead of a celebration, the mood will be sombre for the sellout crowd of 99,354 at Camp Nou, as Spain observes a third day of national mourning following Thursday's terror attack that left 14 dead and more than 100 injured.

FC Barcelona to play without names

"The recommendation is to go calmly, to be able to enjoy a game of football and that people can go reassured because the security presence is adequate for the number of people attending", said Albert Oliva, a spokesman for the Mossos d'Esquadra. What we can not do is hide.

"I do not see us taking on a Barcelona in crisis".

A minute's silence will be held before all games in Spain's first and second divisions this weekend.

Prediction: As per the past performance, team strength, home, it will be Barcelona to win this game against Betis with 3-1.

Thomas Vermaelen returned to feature in a Barcelona training session on Friday (18 August) after missing the back-to-back defeats to Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup due to a leg injury. "These things put all the small problems we face in our lives everyday into perspective".

"'Luis Suarez's absence is an important one for us, but we have players who can come in and do the job".

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