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Neto has warned his Barcelona team-mates they can’t afford to be complacent when they open their 2020-21 Champions League campaign on Tuesday against Hungarian champions Ferencvaros at the Camp Nou.

Barcelona are heavy favorites to win the game, but Neto told a pre-match press conference that he expects the visitors to make life difficult for his team in their first fixture in Europe’s top competition.

“We have a lot of respect for Ferencváros. We will have to give our best because they have a great opportunity ahead and will want to take advantage of it. They’ve already won against some great opponents in the previous four qualifying rounds, and they will not make it easy for us. We will fight to get a good result.

“We are looking forward to a great start in this edition of the Champions League. We’re enthusiastic and want to prove ourselves tomorrow.

“It’s an important match. We need a good result because we also know the importance of winning at home. This is the Champions League and the whole team are looking forward to starting.”

Barcelona head into the match after losing 1-0 at Getafe on Saturday. Ronald Koeman’s side may also have one eye on Saturday’s Clasico clash with Real Madrid at the Camp Nou in La Liga.

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Ferencvaros Back in the Big Time

Ferencvaros are back in the group stages of the Champions League for just the second time in the club’s history. The team have had to come through four qualifying rounds to make it this far, but it would be huge shock if they were to get any further.

Their squad consists of just two players who have ever played in Europe’s top competition before. Róbert Mak played in the tournament previously for Zenit St Petersburg, while Oleksandr Zubko featured for Shakhtar Donetsk.

Yet Ferencvaros do head to the Camp Nou unbeaten so far in 2020-21. The team have won eight and drawn three of their 11 matches in all competitions and will surely relish taking on Lionel Messi and Co. at the Camp Nou.

Neto Praises Coutinho, Backs Misfiring Griezmann

Neto also took time out to praise compatriot and Barcelona team-mate Philippe Coutinho. The forward has been in fine form for club and country this season and has three goals and two assists in his last seven games in all competitions.

“I am very happy for Coutinho, but also for me and the team. It’s great to have a friend like him with me on the staff again, and he is also helping us all with his quality. He is proving his level. He has returned very motivated and very strong. He will give us a lot because we know his potential.”

Coutinho was left out of Koeman’s starting XI at the weekend after featuring twice for Brazil during the international break. The 28-year-old could return to the starting XI on Tuesday and will have fond memories of the Champions League after helping Bayern win the European Cup last season while on loan with the Bavarian giants.

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Health chiefs issue new heatwave warning from today as Met Office predicts 35C in days

BRITS have been issued a heat-health alert as the Met Office predicts temperatures will rise across the country this week.

The warning is in place from midday today, through to 6pm August 13, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said.

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While temperatures won't reach the record highs seen last month, medics are still urging people to heed caution in the hot weather.

The Met Office warned that there are some warm nights on the horizon.

Official guidance states that some parts will see temperatures in the low 30s with many places being in the high 20s.

Met Office chiefs said temperatures could peak at 35C, or even an isolated 36C in some areas on Saturday.

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The level 3 heat-health alert applies to all of England, but isn't as severe as last month's level 4 alert.

Dr Agostinho Sousa, head of extreme events and health protection at the UKHSA said temperatures will feel warm again this week, particularly in southern and central parts of the country.

"We want everyone to enjoy the warm weather safely when it arrives but remember that heat can have a fast impact on health.

"It’s important to ensure that people who are more vulnerable – elderly people who live alone and people with underlying health conditions – are prepared for coping during the hot weather.

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"The most important advice is to ensure they stay hydrated, keep cool and take steps to prevent their homes from overheating," Dr Sousa added.

The experts at the UKHSA said that high temperatures also present a risk to wildfire - especially after long, dry periods.

They added that people with pre-existing heart and lung conditions such as asthma are most susceptible as breathing wildfire smoke may worsen their symptoms.

Children and older people may also be susceptible to health impacts, experts warned.

Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist, Tony Wardle, said: "Heatwave criteria look likely to be met for large areas of the UK later this week, with the hottest areas expected in central and southern England and Wales on Friday and Saturday.

"Temperatures could peak at 35C, or even an isolated 36C on Saturday.

"Coupled with the high daytime temperatures will be continued warm nights, with the mercury expected to drop to only around low 20s Celsius for some areas in the south."

Medics state that during periods of hot weather, it's key to look out for yourself and those around you.

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Guidance states that you should always travel with water and avoid physical exertion during the hottest parts of the day, between 11am and 3pm.

You should also drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol and wear sunscreen if you have to go out in the heat.

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