Barcelona win 2-0; extend La Liga unbeaten run to 24-games

Barcelona possible Eibar

Eibar have lost their seven La Liga games against Barcelona, conceding 26 goals in total (3.7 per game) and only scoring in four of them.

Barcelona will now turn their thoughts to the Champions League last 16, first leg against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday, and Valverde said Eibar were ideal opponents ahead of that huge match.

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.

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 now boasts a seven-point lead over second-placed Atletico Madrid. They played with high intensity right from the first whistle and were on top for the first 15 minutes of the game.

Barca will lean on Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez to get back to their winning ways.

Ernesto Valverde's side are seven points clear ahead of this weekends trip to face Eibar.

Messi came close to adding a second after a smart pass from substitute Philippe Coutinho, before Alba finally sealed the points with an easy finish from close range.




The Catalan team will arrive to Eibar on Saturday on the back of two consecutive league draws, including a 0-0 stalemate at home to Getafe on Sunday. Dembele has had awful luck with injuries and Coutinho is only just getting started, having joined in a club-record €160m deal from Liverpool in January.

There was yet another routine win in La Liga for Barcelona on Saturday.

Upfront, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez would be looking to end their recent league drought in front of goal, when they combine to be the strike partnership once again.

Suarez's goal came against the flow of the match. Joan Jordan then missed a great chance and there were further opportunities for Inui and Orellana.

Barca took advantage of the extra man in the 88th minute.

They were given an almighty fright by lowly Alaves - who recorded their first ever win at Camp Nou the previous season - who led 1-0 in the Catalan capital for over 50 minutes before two late goals saw Barcelona triumph in controversial fashion.

Even after Orellana's red card, Eibar still posed a threat. Despite this defeat, they still have every reason to believe they can qualify for the Europa League this year.

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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