Won­derkid Fati adds to Va­len­cia’s trou­bles

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Va­len­cia suc­cumbed to a con­fi­dence-sap­ping 5-2 de­feat by Barcelona ahead of tomorrow’s Cham­pi­ons League group game away to Chelsea.

Barcelona’s 16-year-old for­ward Ansu Fati con­tin­ued his ex­plo­sive start to life in the first team by be­com­ing the youngest player to score and pro­vide an as­sist in a La Liga match.

Fur­ther goals from Frenkie de Jong, Ger­ard Pique and two from Luis Suarez en­sured new Va­len­cia coach Al­bert Ce­lades en­dured a tor­rid start to his reign. Barca are now three points be­hind lead­ers Seville af­ter four games.

In Serie A, Dries Mertens scored twice as Napoli pre­pared for the visit of Liver­pool tomorrow by de­feat Sam­p­do­ria 2-0. The Bel­gian scored ei­ther side of half-time as Napoli posted their sec­ond win of the sea­son, putting them on six points af­ter three games. In­ter Mi­lan are top with max­i­mum points.

Olympiakos, Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur’s op­po­nents on Wed­nes­day, main­tained their per­fect start to the Greek Su­per League by thrash­ing Vo­los 5-0. France in­ter­na­tional Mathieu Val­buena was among the goalscor­ers as the Pi­raeus club stayed joint-top of the divi­sion.

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