Barcelona wins at Eibar 2-0 before trip to Chelsea in CL

18 February, 2018, 03:09 | Author: Felix Jensen
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If they take three points on Saturday, it will be a big stride towards the title.

Ernesto Valverde could tactically decide to rest some key players as the Champions League clash against Chelsea approaches.

The La Liga match between Eibar and Barcelona will be broadcast live on beIN Sports.

The win against Eibar means Barcelona lead La Liga with 62 points and extend their record to 19 wins, five draws, and zero losses.

Barcelona began the month of February with an 11-point cushion over Atletico Madrid at the top of La Liga but have seen that advantage reduce to just seven following two consecutive draws against Espanyol and Getafe.

However, in the 66th minute they were sent down to ten men after Orellana received his second yellow card for dissent after he punched the ball away after Diop was penalised for a challenge on Sergio Busquets.

Record-signing Phillipe Coutinho replaced the legendary Andres Iniesta in the 62nd minute, with the latter receiving a standing ovation.

But the team brilliance of Eibar, like every other side on the planet, struggled to cope with the individual brilliance of Barcelona.

Harry Kane is the Premier League's top scorer and has earned Tottenham a whopping 17 points
Harry Kane is the Premier League's top scorer and has earned Tottenham a whopping 17 points

Ousmane Dembele (stomach) is doubtful, but will likely play.

Both of them, though, were left on the bench for the game against Eibar as Valverde named what the majority of the Catalan media felt was his strongest side.

BARCELONA are without a win in their last two La Liga outings and Atletico Madrid are hot on their trail.

Lionel Messi brilliantly found Luis Suarez for Barcelona's opener.

LaLiga leaders FC Barcelona earned a hard-fought 2-0 win over Eibar, to keep their unbeaten start intact, with Luis Suarez and Jordi Alba getting the goals. Barca's average attendance is more than 10 times that figure, while the entire population of Eibar (fewer than 30,000) would fit into Camp Nou more than three times over.

Suarez's goal came against the flow of the match. Five of those victories were 1-0, including each of the last two. Joan Jordan then missed a great chance and there were further opportunities for Inui and Orellana.

Dani Parejo hit the victor with five minutes remaining when he converted a penalty kick after Ignasi Miguel earned a direct red card for pulling down Rodrigo Moreno with only the goalie to beat. The league looks wrapped up, while they're also through to the Copa del Rey final, where they face Sevilla in April.

Opponents can not plan for Lionel Messi, they must simply react to the "unpredictable" Barcelona superstar, says former team-mate Deco.

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