Barca lack firepower without Neymar - Busquets

Barca's Busquets defends Pique after criticism

Barca's Busquets defends Pique after criticism

Sergio Busquets has said it is "clear" that Barcelona need to make more signings following the departure of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain.

The Spain global, however, reiterated his call for the club's board, to strengthen its effort in the transfer market.

The 2017 Spanish Super Cup first leg match between Real Madrid and Barcelona will be played at Camp Nou, Barcelona, and kicks off at 22:00 CEST on Sunday 13 August 2017.

Valverde admitted that Real Madrid are now very much in control of the tie ahead of the second leg at the Bernabeu on Wednesday.

"There's only one Neymar".

Busquets, however, said Segura should not have focused on his team mate after the heavy defeat by Barcelona's rivals.

The Catalans on Monday agreed a 40 million euros ($46.95 million) deal to sign Guangzhou Evergrande midfielder Paulinho. Your best bet is to check who is showing the game in your country, and if they have an online service or iOS/Android app to watch it on.

It still remains to be seen however, how the big move across town will affect the team and Atletico and their supporters may need time to adjust to life away from the Vicente Calderon: time that Barca and Madrid are unlikely to allow them.

However, Busquets insists that the forward's departure can not be used as an excuse for Barca losing important matches.

"We congratulate them and we will try to improve for the next match".

"Hopefully as many players of the highest quality can come in".

"There was a group of players that tried to convince him to stay and the day I wrote the tweet (actually an instagram post) "he stays" I knew he was going", Pique told reporters.

Coach Ernesto Valverde believes Barcelona can still win the Super Cup, saying his side do not feel weaker than Madrid.

Valverde also cast his mind back to the first leg: "During the game we did well but in the end, with that push to attack, we left ourselves open a little and that's where the game was decided".

"Maybe at certain times, as they showed on Sunday when they took their chances".

"But does that mean they're better than us?" I tend to think it's the latter.

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