Tag: Athletic Bilbao
Victory would have seen Bilbao move two points clear of Atletico Madrid before the early leaders' game at Real Sociedad.
Barca's Luis Suarez goes off injured as Athletic Bilbao's super-sub Aritz Aduriz wins La Liga season-opener with a stunning acrobatic goal.
Barcelona begin their title defence at San Mames this weekend and Valverde has said Messi is yet to train ahead of the match after he sustained a calf injury in training last week.
Barcelona tops the La Liga league thanks to Lionel Messi.
Barca coach Ernesto Valverde reiterated Messi would play at San Mames only if he is fit.
Godin pulled a muscle in the 64th minute as Inaki Williams gave Bilbao a 2-1 lead at the Wanda Metropolitano, but Atletico's captain stayed on as they had made all three of their substitutes.
Athletic Bilbao player Iñaki Williams spoke out in defence of Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde, who once coached Williams at Bilbao.
Messi's strike partner, Luis Suarez, also criticised the team's display and said they needed to rid themselves of their dependence on their all-time top scorer.
Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde will be hoping that his team bounce back from their loss to Leganés by beating Athletic Bilbao.
Seven points is now the gap between Atletico and Barca.
Barcelona and Real Madrid's next La Liga matches will be against Basque Country-based clubs Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao respectively.
Kepa was signed by Chelsea for 80 million euros.
Cop suffers a heart attack when the regional Basque Country police force Ertzaintza was trying to stop street battles between supporters of the 2 teams.
With Real Madrid sitting out the upcoming round of La Liga fixtures, Barcelona, Valencia, and Atlético Madrid are seeking to take advantage and extend their lead over Real.