Barcelona have managed to get off to their finest start in the history of the league after an amazing 13 wins and one draw from their 14 La Liga games, and they show no signs of being caught after nearest rivals Atletico Madrid dropped three points.
Lionel Messi scored once again, and it should have been two if Amorebieta hadn’t assisted the ball into his own net for the 2-0. The Argentinian is now just two goals away from the Gerd Müller’s record of 85 goals scored in a calender year in 1972.
Tito Vilanova’s men saw off Marcelo Bielsa’s weakened team with relative ease and did so in wonderful style, putting in one of the finest shows of the Vilanova era. Piqué, Amorebieta (own goal), Adriano, Cesc Fabregas and Messi all scored for Barça, and Ibai Gómez scored a consolation for Bilbao.
Barça’s little wizards, often ready to shake things up and leave defenders guessing, hit from a corner. Their capability to generate chances verges on the supernatural, but the sequence of attacks wrapped up with Piqué scoring one of the simplest goals of his life. From then on it was all plain sailing.
Bilbao are simply not the same solid team that enjoyed relative success in the last La Liga campaign. The team has dealt with too many catastrophes and is missing some key players.
The biggest miss of all for Bilbao was the absence of Muniaín who had an inopportune tonsillitis illness, and this seriously reduced the fire power of Bielsa’s team. Llorente did come on in the second half for Aduriz but it was too late by then and the result was a foregone conclusion.