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Barcelona lack firepower without Neymar: Busquets

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Rita Gibson | 19 August, 2017, 01:29

Barca have signed Marlon Santos, Gerard Deulofeu, Nelson Semedo and Paulinho this summer but Busquets believes they still need to add to the squad, especially in attack.

While it was always going to be a massive burden in trying to fill the vacuum left by the departure of Neymar to Paris St Germain, new Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde can not do much else apart from look to get the best out of what is available.

"It was an unlucky incident", Busquets said a news conference ahead of Wednesday's second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu, as quoted by FourFourTwo.

Replacements for Neymar will no doubt arrive before the end of August with Phillipe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele being lined up to replace him, but it's now very clearly a seller's market and Barca can expect to pay anywhere between 260-300 million euros ($305-$350 million) to buy the pair; more than they would have spent if the shopping had done earlier in the summer.

The 29-year-old is also not about to write off Barca's chances of producing another memorable El Clasico comeback, declaring: "We don't give up the trophy as lost". It's clear signings are needed.

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

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"There are no invincible teams, if there is one certainty in sport then it is that every single team will lose on any given day", Valverde is quoted as saying by Marca.

Cristiano Ronaldo has failed in his bid to overturn his five-match ban for pushing a referee during Real Madrid's Supercopa de Espana first-leg win over Barcelona.

The European and Spanish champions ran rings around Ernesto Valverde's men for the second time in less than a week, last night, winning 2-0 thanks to goals from Marco Asensio and Karim Benzema.

But Busquets says: "I don't agree that it was his fault".

"We have a good team, we're capable of having a great season, that's what we're focusing on. No, I don't think that's a conclusion which should be drawn". "Past results are the inspiration to prove we can do it".

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