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Potential Barcelona lineup against Eibar

18 February 2018

Barca may have been taken aback by the intensity and force that Eibar played with, but it wasn't enough to ruffle their feathers as they did what they do best and dismantled the Eibar defense to find the opening goal of the game.

Before their Champions League soccer clash with Chelsea in London, Lionel Messi and Barcelona put their unbeaten record in the Spanish La Liga on the line against Eibar in the rather less glamorous surrounds of Ipurua today.

The past two weekends have seen FC Barcelona cede four points in the battle for the Liga Santander title and in matchday 24 the Catalans face one of their most hard away games between now and the end of the campaign. He said,"The Eibar game is an important one as well".

Depending on Barcelona's result in Eibar, Atletico Madrid could have the chance to move to within four points of the top of the table when they entertain Athletic Club Bilbao on Sunday afternoon.

The hosts were not deterred by the red card as they dominated the proceedings with 15 minutes as they pushed for an equaliser.

Barcelona took an early after 16 minutes when Lionel Messi set up striker Luis Suarez who made no mistake, rounding the goalkeeper and finishing clinically. It was the Argentine's glorious ball which paved the way for Suarez's opener to temporarily flatten the Ipurua crowd.

Not many teams in the world will cost €300 million to assemble, but that's how much Barcelona have spent on Ousmane Dembele and Coutinho.

However, Alba sealed the match in the last minute after.

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Suarez's goal came against the flow of the match.

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.

Indeed, it is, our closest challengers in La Liga, Atletico Madrid, have maintained their good form and reduced the gap in the last two weeks with wins against Valencia and Malaga.

Suarez returned the compliment when he found Messi but the Argentinian hit the woodwork.

Within another three minutes, Eibar was down a manager as well as a man on the pitch.

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.

Yet to taste defeat in either La Liga or the Champions League, Barcelona appear to be coping just fine without Neymar. They were still unbeaten and their path to the league title appeared to be a procession.

Potential Barcelona lineup against Eibar