Barcelona Looking to Get Back to Winning Ways

Eibar take on Lionel Messi

After losing possession in the middle of the park, Lionel Messi picked up the pieces and delivered a delightful pass to the Uruguayan, who ran through before beating Marco Dmitrovic. Philippe Coutinho will certainly start the Liga fixture as he remains cup-tied for the Champions League match against Chelsea.

Goals from Luis Suarez and Jordi Alba were enough for Barcelona to see off 10-man Eibar and equal a club-record 31-match unbeaten run in La Liga.

Barcelona visits Stamford Bridge on Tuesday in the opening leg of the round of 16. "We really suffered, because they are in great form", said Valverde.

The pair made their debuts for Barca in the 2004-05 season, although Deco arrived having lifted the Champions League trophy with Jose Mourinho's Porto in the prior campaign.

Eibar, who have had an impressive season, were expected to give Barcelona a test but it didn't quite pan out that way. Once again, Messi set Suarez up to take the ball around the keeper.

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

Messi played a big part in Jordi Alba's goal in the 88th, when he forced a save from Dmitrovic and Alba was free to finish it off.

However, Eibar continued to threaten.

Orellana damaged his team's chances of a comeback when he earned bookings in the 57th and 66th.

Veteran midfielder Andres Iniesta is also benefiting from Neymar's departure.

Eibar took the game to Barcelona in the first half, but the visitors went into the break 1-0 up.

Eibar know exactly how to play in the small ground with the stands virtually on top of the pitch and very often with the wet conditions that await Barca on Saturday. A delicate skip by Pape Diop contributed to Takashi Inui taking a swipe at Marc Andre Ter Stegen after 55 minutes.

"Losing a player hurt them".

Barcelona have enjoyed a stunning season to date, with the club yet to lose in La Liga under boss Ernesto Valverde who replaced Luis Enrique back in the summer. "It was important to win after the past two matches and knowing how hard it would be against an Eibar that is having a great season".

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

Last weekend saw a typical Atletico Madrid performance: an early goal away to Malaga, followed by 89 minutes of defensive solidity to claim their eighth 1-0 win of the season. This includes today's red card for Orellana.

Deportivo lost its second straight match under new coach Clarence Seedorf after falling at Alaves 1-0. Las Palmas remain in the relegation zone.

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