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

Ruben Ruiz
February 18, 2018

They have also developed a knack for edging tight games, snatching a 1-0 win at Leganes in their last outing with an injury-time goal.

The win against Eibar means Barcelona lead La Liga with 62 points and extend their record to 19 wins, five draws, and zero losses.

Eibar were left a man short after Fabian Orellana, got a straight red card for dissent following a complaint on Diop's earlier caution.

Alba then made the game safe with just minutes of normal time remaining as he fired home after Dmitrovic had denied Messi.

Barca face in-form Eibar at Ipurua on Saturday looking to continue their unbeaten record in La Liga this season and consolidate their lead at the top of the table, which is now seven points over Atletico Madrid.

Barcelona daily Sport claimed on Friday that Iniesta, 33, has an offer to join Tianjin Quanjian in the Chinese Super League worth as much as 35 million euros ($43.5 million) per season.

"Eibar are a team who put you under a great deal of pressure high up the field and they are one of the teams in the top-flight who try to play the game in your half".

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. "There is still a game between us and Barcelona which could change the gap and could make things even more interesting".

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Chelsea goalkeeper Willy Caballero won't play against Barcelona on Tuesday, but he still offered his advice on how to stop his countryman Lionel Messi.

The scoreline at this point didn't reflect what was happening on the pitch because Barca couldn't get a foothold on the game and were limited to few chances.

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde named a strong team for the game, with Andres Iniesta, Messi and Suarez all starting and Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele on the bench.

Ipurua Municipal Stadium will host the showdown.

- Barcelona have kept 26 clean sheets in 40 games in all competitions this season (65 per cent). 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.

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.

"We're feeling good, we're enjoying one of our best spells of the season and we've been performing pretty well and getting good results for a couple of months now", Mendilibar said at his pre-match press conference, carried on the club's official website.

Barcelona continued their charge towards a 25th La Liga title with a hard fought 2-0 victory away at Eibar.

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