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The big question ahead of the opening games was how Barça (and LaLiga) would respond without Messi, writes Alfredo Relaño. Any concerns were soon allayed.

ByAlfredo Relaño

Ancelotti's first line-up featured the recently-returned Bale with Eden Hazard alongside Karim Benzema in the 1-4 win over Alavés, writes Alfredo Relaño.

ByAlfredo Relaño

Real Madrid visited Alavés on their centenary, Javier Berasaluce, a goalkeeper who played for both clubs in the 1950s took the honorary kick-off, writes Alfredo Relaño.

ByAlfredo Relaño

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