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Bilbao Humbling Lays Bare Barca's Failings....

A disjointed Barcelona slumped to a 1-0 defeat in the opening La Liga match against an Athletic Bilbao side many had tipped for relegation.

Barca remain linked with a move for Neymar but are already chronically imbalanced and 'top-heavy'. Messi was absent in Bilbao but it is impossible to see how Valverde intends to squeeze the Argentine, Luis Suarez, Griezmann together with a return for Neymar into the same team. And, for now at least, there is still Ousmane Dembele, Malcom and Coutinho too!

Barring Frenkie de Jong, Barca's recruitment post-Neymar has massively neglected the other key positions. How much would a Virgil van Dijk or a Rodri, for example, have improved Barcelona ahead of a Malcom?

A tough season ahead for Barca?

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