Valverde explains how Chelsea have an advantage over Barcelona
18 February, 2018, 03:07 | Author: Lula Armstrong
Chelsea thumped Hull City by a margin of four goals despite missing many big names.
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.
Messi's 11th La Liga assist was absolute perfection, and it was something of a sucker punch for Eibar, who had spent the opening period delighting a packed Ipurua stadium by taking the game to Barcelona.
Barcelona got back to winning ways on Saturday after two consecutive draws, with a 2-0 victory at Eibar, thanks to goals from Luis Suarez and Jordi Alba, to go 10 points clear at the top of the Liga standings.
Luis Suarez opened the scoring in the 16th minute after Lionel Messi played him through with a defence splitting pass and the Uruguayan rounded goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic and tapped into an open net, 0-1.
However, in the 66th minute they were sent down to ten men after Orellana received his second yellow card for dissent after he punched the ball away after Diop was penalised for a challenge on Sergio Busquets.
The loss was only the second for Eibar in its last 13 matches.
Barcelona travel to seventh-placed Eibar on Saturday afternoon in what could pose to be a hard afternoon for the Catalan side.
Ousmane Dembele (stomach) is doubtful, but will likely play.
Valverde's team can set a new record when it hosts neighbour Girona next weekend, on the other side of the UEFA Champions League trip to Stamford Bridge. Those two wins have come in the last two matches.
That was the 14th time the Argentine had hit the woodwork this term in the Primera Division and his performance deserved a goal. During that time they have beaten third-place Valencia and embarrassed Sevilla by putting five past them last month.
Madrid travel after their 3-1 Champions League win at home to Paris Saint Germain in a game they turned around in the last 7 minutes and they too will be flying.
Dani Parejo hit the victor with five minutes remaining when he converted a penalty kick after Ignasi Miguel earned a direct red card for pulling down Rodrigo Moreno with only the goalie to beat. Despite this defeat, they still have every reason to believe they can qualify for the Europa League this year.
However, with the gap at the top down to seven points and Barcelona having to contend with Champions League knockout football and a Copa final later in the season, it could be that Los Rojiblancos have half a chance of applying major pressure.
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