Real Madrid's struggles in the Spanish league have continued with a 2-1 home loss to Alaves.
Messi returned to Spain and vented after being asked about the criticism directed at him by a former agent of Griezmann. "To be honest, I'm a bit tired of always being the problem for everything in this club," said Messi.
Real Madrid players Eden Hazard and Casemiro have tested positive for Covid-19.
With a goal against his former team, David Silva ended his scoreless streak in his return to the Spanish league.
Earlier, Villarreal missed the chance to go top as they were held to a 0-0 draw at Cadiz in a game of few chances.
With Ramos back barking orders in the center of its defense, Real Madrid was the aggressive, compact side that had won the league from Barcelona last season.
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Zinedine Zidane has never lost as a manager at the Camp Nou, a record that comes under the microscope on Saturday as Barcelona host the champions at a time when Real Madrid are reeling from a couple of shock defeats.
Sevilla's superb defense held Barcelona to a 1-1 draw at Camp Nou as Ronald Koeman's team dropped its first points in the Spanish league.
Two consecutive scoreless draws quickly dampened the hype surrounding Atletico's new attack after it had opened the season with an impressive 6-1 victory over Granada.
Barcelona appears to be on the way back from the low point hit this summer when it was humiliated 8-2 by Bayern Munich.
Teenage forward Ansu Fati was in inspirational form for Barca, combining with Jordi Alba to side-foot home first time into the net in the 15th minute and then striking again four minutes later with another ice-cool finish.
A handball that had gone unnoticed on the field was spotted by the VAR near the end of Madrid’s match at Real Betis, sending Sergio Ramos to the spot to convert an 82nd-minute penalty and take a 3-2 victory in Seville.
Lionel Messi posted an emotional farewell message to Luis Suarez, also attacking Barcelona for the way they handled his departure. Neymar was one of those who commented on the post.
Luis Suarez had to find a new club after being told by incoming Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman that he was not in his plans.
Real Madrid struggled in attack and saw Sociedad create some of the most dangerous chances, including one by forward Alexander Isak just before halftime that forced Courtois to make a superb save with his legs as he charged out from the goal.
Real Madrid begin the defence of their La Liga title away at Real Sociedad on Sept. 20 and play Barcelona in the season’s first clasico just over one month later.
Ronald Koeman replaced Quique Setien at the helm of the club. Setien was removed from the position just days after one of Barcelona's 8-2 humiliation against Bayern Munich in Champions League.
The club said the player was isolating in his home and was asymptomatic, adding that he had not been in contact with any of the players who are to travel to Lisbon for the Champions League.
Villarreal have hired former Arsenal manager Unai Emery as their new coach after the La Liga club parted ways with fellow Spaniard Javi Calleja, the club said on Thursday.
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Atletico Madrid sealed Champions League qualification for the eighth consecutive season by beating Real Betis 1-0 at home on Saturday thanks to a late Diego Costa goal after having a player sent off and seeing two goals ruled out following VAR reviews.
Villarreal have been one of the most in-form teams since LaLiga resumed from its COVID-19 induced break with big wins moving them up the table and into contention to make the Champions League again next season.
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has said that captain Lionel Messi will end his career at the Catalan club, dismissing a report saying the Argentine no longer wishes to renew his current contract when it expires next year.
Ramos converted a 73rd-minute penalty kick to give Madrid its seventh straight league victory and open a seven-point lead over second-place Barcelona.