ATHLETIC BILBAO 0  BARCELONA 1

Barcelona kicked off their Primera Division title defence with a win last Sunday against a side that they must have been sick of the sight of. The match was the third between the two teams in just nine days after  Athletic had embarrassed Barca 5-1 on aggregate in the Spanish Supercopa. However, unlike a fortnight ago, when the hosts won 4-0 at San Mames, Barca were far less erratic and, crucially, through Luis Suarez, scored the game’s only goal. Afterwards Barca coach Luis Enrique refused to comment on speculation suggesting that Neymar might be on the move to Manchester United. Enrique said: “It doesn’t interest me to talk about rumours, nor these types of situations”. What is factually certain though is that Barcelona entertain Malaga tomorrow evening (Saturday) with an 8.30pm kick-off.