Published: Mon, August 21, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Deulofeu stars in Barca win over Betis in shadow of terror attack

Deulofeu stars in Barca win over Betis in shadow of terror attack

Players posted their own messages of support on social media in the aftermath of the attack, while they also held a minute's silence before training on Friday.

So, the Barcelona should play by using their current strength against Real Betis on this Sunday.

Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi kicks the ball during the second leg of the Spanish Supercup football match Real Madrid vs FC Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid.

"I want to send my condolences and all my support to the families and friends of the victim of this awful attack in our beloved Barcelona, as well as totally rejecting any act of violence".

Athletes for all Barcelona teams across all sports and age divisions will wear a black armband in games this weekend.

Sunday's game at the Nou Camp has taken on extra significance after Thursday's deadly attacks in Barcelona and the coastal town of Cambrils, which killed at least 14 people and left more than 100 injured.

"They are extraordinary and lamentable circumstances", Valverde told reporters.

"We know the way the world is, we are all potentially victims at any given moment, be it going to the metro station or going to a football ground".

The front pages of the sport papers in Spain on Friday were dominated by the events on the streets of Barcelona, with Marca writing: "Today, we can not speak about sport" and Mundo Deportivo leading with "Horror".

Meanwhile, everyone around the Nou Camp marked the beginning of the game with an emotional minute of silence as a mark of respect to the victims and their families. Yesterday was a tough day, a different day for everyone.

Messi added on Instagram: "I would like to send my condolences and all my support to the families and friends of the victims of the awful attack on our beloved Barcelona, as well as totally reject any act of violence".

"We would like to show our solidarity with the victims and their families in these hard times", he said.

Barca have struggled for form in recent weeks, losing comprehensively to Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup prior to the resumption of La Liga.

Yet, Valverde conceded events over the past few days had put his professional problems into perspective.

The coach also said Paulinho is not yet ready to start after signing for the club this week, the first player Barcelona have brought in after selling Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain for €222 million.

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