Football

Barca in best start to La Liga

Barcelona recorded their best start to a La Liga season as coach Ernesto Valverde enjoyed a victorious return to Athletic Bilbao, thanks to goals from Lionel Messi and Paulinho in a 2-0 win yesterday morning (Singapore time).

Valverde has now overseen 12 wins and a draw from his first 13 La Liga and Champions League matches as Barca reestablished their four-point lead at the top of the table over Valencia, who beat Alaves 2-1 on Saturday.

Atletico Madrid, who drew 1-1 with Villarreal, are fourth, level on 20 points with third-placed Real Madrid, who played Girona this morning. - WIRE SERVICES

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