Ernesto Valverde 'delighted' as Barca match club-record unbeaten run

  • Ernesto Valverde 'delighted' as Barca match club-record unbeaten run

Ernesto Valverde 'delighted' as Barca match club-record unbeaten run

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

Barcelona broke its mini-slump of back-to-back draws to remain unbeaten through 24 rounds and extend its advantage over second-place Atletico Madrid to 10 points. On Tuesday they're off to Stamford Bridge. We will have three before we take on Chelsea and Chelsea will have four. "We are having a good season, but that won't mean anything now".

And the islanders were denied a 93rd-minute equaliser when an extremely tight offside call went against them - Alejandro Galvez looked to be level with the last defender before putting the ball in the net. Let us know your thoughts by commenting below.

Eibar showed why it is one of the surprises of the season in Spain by taking the initiative first at Barcelona. However, they will take on a hard opponent since they will play against FC Barcelona this Saturday. Even Alba's second goal, scored late in the game with the hosts down to 10 men, came just as Eibar were ramping up the pressure.

Jose Angel Valdes, Ivan Ramis and Kike all came close to opening the scoring before Suarez finally struck.

The second half with much intensity and pressing from the visitors which led to Eibar seeing a red vehicle.

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

Eibar are challenging for European competition as they sit seventh in the table, although they play their home matches in a stadium that can only seat 7,000 spectators.

Mendilibar was furious, initially it seemed with his player, and continued haranguing the officials before being sent to the stand himself.

Despite playing a man down, Eibar still managed to make Barcelona work. Behind the back-four, Marc-Andre ter Stegen should once again be the one to guard the Barcelona goal.

Atletico have closed the gap in the past fortnight with wins over Valencia and Malaga and Valverde said: "When you start thinking about margins for error then it is the first step towards losing it". We had to suffer a lot, Eibar are in good form and it was a really hard game.

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

Atletico Madrid's next game in La Liga is at home against Athletic Bilbao.

"It was a very hard match just as we expected, and we will try and make sure it helps us, although the Champions League is another competition altogether". Although, in the same breath, the Catalans have their eye on an all important UEFA Champions League last-16 clash against Chelsea on Tuesday night.