Barcelona open their campaign with the chance to build on an impressive trophy haul from last season when they face Sevilla in the UEFA Super Cup in Tbilisi on Tuesday.
With Lionel Messi, Dani Alves, Neymar, Javier Mascherano and Claudio Bravo all recovering after a Copa America (which saw nearly all of Barca's participants in the final) Luis Enrique introduced a whole raft of youngsters during Barcelona's pre-seasons. Prodigious talents such as Alan Halilovic, Sergi Roberto and Rafinha all got a good run in the team, but neither was able to make a decisive impact as Barcelona slumped to three straight defeats. While the shootout loss to Chelsea wasn't down to poor performance, losses to Manchester United and most recently, Fiorentina, show that Barcelona have some holes they need to plug. Not one to be complacent, Luis Enrique is firmly committed to improving his side, with or without his main players.
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