Soccer-Barcelona start title defence with questions to answer (Reuters)

By Mark Elkington MADRID, Aug 15 (Reuters) – Barcelona begin the defence of their La Liga crown on Sunday amid doubts over the strength of their backline, Neymar’s adaptation to European football and how new coach Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino will perform. Argentine Martino was a surprise choice to replace Tito Vilanova, after Pep Guardiola’s former assistant suddenly announced he was to step down due to ill health just before the start of the pre-season a litle over three weeks ago. …

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