The club’s lavish summer spending despite reportedly owing wages to a number of their current players has dominated headlines over the last few months, while there has even been a doubt as to whether or not the likes of Robert Lewandowski could be registered.
While clearly it’s hard to ignore the circus behind the scenes, Xavi has overseen a dramatic improvement on the field since his appointed and, on paper at least, has a hugely exciting squad of players from which to choose.
Bara are box office, even if part of the interest these days is centred around the grotesque nature of their spending. Expected to challenge Real Madrid for the title this season, it is Rayo Vallecano up first at the Camp Nou as Barca look to block out the noise.
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Where to watch Barcelona vs Rayo Vallecano
TV channel: The game will be broadcast on Premier Sports 1 and La Liga TV.
Live stream: Premier Sports Player will offer a live stream service.