Football: Madrid, Barca look to maintain perfect starts
MADRID (AFP) - Real Madrid and Barcelona will be looking to maintain their 100 per cent starts to the Liga season when they face tough tests against Athletic Bilbao and Valencia on Sunday.
Madrid are first up when they host Athletic, who have also won both their opening matches, at the Santiago Bernabeu in the first midday kick-off of the new campaign.
Los Blancos have been made to wait to welcome Gareth Bale to the Spanish capital as his prolonged transfer from Tottenham Hotspur has dragged on for another week, but coach Carlo Ancelotti is more concerned with how those already at his disposal have performed so far.
Real have won both their matches against Real Betis and Granada by just the odd goal and the Italian is looking for an improvement against an Athletic side he rates highly.