UAE- Barca face team dilemma in tricky trip to in-form Eibar

  • UAE- Barca face team dilemma in tricky trip to in-form Eibar

UAE- Barca face team dilemma in tricky trip to in-form Eibar

The modest 7,000-seat ground in the Basque Country welcomes a Barca side who have laboured to draws against Espanyol and Getafe in their last two outings.

It's even more impressive in light of early season problems: The reverse fixture at the Camp Nou, which finished 6-1 to Barcelona, started a run of eight games without a win, including six defeats.

Messi hit the post after Eibar's Fabian Orellana, although the gifted but temperamental Chilean right-winger undermined the hosts' efforts by receiving his third red card in 12 appearances against Barca midway through the second half.

Barcelona had to wait until the 88th minute to feel fully comfortable, with Jordi Alba scoring their second goal.

The Catalan giants remain unbeaten this season and still maintain a healthy seven point lead at the top of table.

In Serie A they'll be hoping to get a sense of normality back and after winning their last eight in succession in the division, Juve will be confident of keeping the pressure firmly on Napoli at the summit.

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.

The loss was only the second for Eibar in its last 13 matches.

Eibar coach Jose Luis Mendilibar was also sent to the stands after gesturing for a booking for Suarez after he kicked the ball away as the home side's frustrations boiled over.

At Eibar Messi's incisive ball to Suarez put him level with Real Madrid great Michel as the joint-top assist provider in the history of La Liga, with 147 goal-creating passes. Inui had two attempts that required saves from Ter Stegen until Alba secured the three points. "We're not thinking about Tuesday's game".

Indeed, Torino have only one Derby della Mole win since 1995 and while the home crowd always relish this occasion, their team hasn't looked like one capable of troubling Juve. The turnaround by the club has been remarkable after it looked like they would be a relegation candidate after picking up eight points in their first 11 games.

Sevilla, meanwhile, are in Gran Canaria to face Las Palmas, where they will again be without Ever Banega.

It will indeed. With La Liga looking won and the Copa within reach, Barca now need to replicate that form in the Champions League, starting away to Chelsea.

Deportivo lost its second straight match under new coach Clarence Seedorf after falling at Alaves 1-0.

Samuel Umtiti missed Barcelona's match against Getafe last week through suspension and is now available for selection, but Valverde could choose to rest the centre-back and call on replacement Yerry Mina to retain his position in the squad after impressing during his last performance.