FC Barcelona News: 29 October 2017; Barcelona Survive Athletic Bilbao Scare to Remain Unbeaten



Athletic Club 0-2 FC Barcelona: Survival at San Mamés | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona are always being heralded for their dazzling attacking football, but sometimes it’s good old-fashioned defending (and goalkeeping!) that wins games. And tonight was one of those nights.For long periods on Saturday evening, it was Athletic Club that were piling on the pressure and Barça that were on the back foot.

Barcelona owe ‘large part’ of Athletic Bilbao win to Ter Stegen – Busquets | ESPN
The goalkeeper has now kept 10 clean sheets in 13 appearances since the Spanish Super Cup defeat to Real Madrid, enabling league leaders Barca to record their best ever start to a La Liga season. “The truth is we struggled a lot, especially in the second-half,” Busquets told Movistar after the game.

Ernesto Valverde: ‘Difficult match, important win’ | FC Barcelona
“It is important to win difficult games. Athletic caused us lots of difficulties. They raised the intensity and the ball spent more time closer to our goal than we got it to theirs. But we have shown why our defensive record is so good.�

HIGHLIGHTS: Athletic vs Barça | FC Barcelona
Another win for FC Barcelona in the league as nine wins and a draw from their opening 10 games in La Liga give them a four point advantage over second placed Valencia. A goal from Leo Messi in the first half and another in injury time from Paulinho handed Ernesto Valverde all three points on his first return to San Mamés to take on Athletic as Barça coach.

First win for Valverde on his return to San Mamés | FC Barcelona
Ernesto Valverde has registered another first as Barça coach after his side’s 2-0 win against Athletic Club thanks to goals from Leo Messi and Paulinho. The man nicknamed Txingurri was in charge of the Basque side for six seasons yet as visiting coach he had never previously recorded a victory in five visits. As coach of Espanyol, Villarreal and Valencia his trips to San Mamés had ended in four defeats and a draw in La Liga and in the Copa del Rey.

Barça are the woodwork kings in La Liga | FC Barcelona
There is no team in La Liga that has hit the woodwork as much as FC Barcelona. According to OPTA stats, the blaugranes have hit the post or the crossbar on 13 occasions in 16 matches this season in all competitions.



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