Karim Benzema and Joaquín both went close late on to breaking the deadlock but it ends goalless.
Alfredo Relaño reacts to Real Madrid's 1-0 LaLiga win over Athletic Club on Wednesday, in a game the Basques deserved to take something from.
A decent performance from visiting Villarreal earned a draw against a Madrid side that lacked spark. Ancelotti's Valverde experiment failed to produce results.
Alfredo Relaño offers his thoughts on Real Madrid's win over Inter Milan in the sides' Champions League Group D opener on Wednesday.
The big question ahead of the opening games was how Barça (and LaLiga) would respond without Messi, writes Alfredo Relaño. Any concerns were soon allayed.
Ancelotti's first line-up featured the recently-returned Bale with Eden Hazard alongside Karim Benzema in the 1-4 win over Alavés, writes Alfredo Relaño.