Suarez and Alba strikes give Barca win at stubborn Eibar

Chelsea hosted Championship side Hull City in the FA Cup fifth round on Friday, which gives them the following three days to prepare for Barca's round-of-16 visit next week. Barcelona have failed to win in their last two league games, and will have one eye on their Champions League clash with Chelsea on Tuesday night.

Liga - Follow the Football match between SD Eibar and FC Barcelona live with Eurosport. Atleti have grabbed 52 points from 23 games and are undefeated at the Wanda Metropolitano in La Liga this season.

The first chance after the interval came on the 55th minute when Diop's flicked pass played Orellana down the right flank and into space.

Just before the hour mark, Ivan Rakitic - a former Sevilla captain - broke their resistance before Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez netted two apiece in a stunning demolition job in the final thirty minutes.

A second yellow card for Fabian Orellana in the 66th minute disrupted the rhythm and manager Jose Luis Mendilibar lost his temper.

Both of them, though, were left on the bench for the game against Eibar as Valverde named what the majority of the Catalan media felt was his strongest side.

Barcelona warmed up for their Champions League test next week by getting past Eibar on Saturday.

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"Last week Coutinho started, and this week it was Iniesta", the coach added.

Indeed, it is, our closest challengers in La Liga, Atletico Madrid, have maintained their good form and reduced the gap in the last two weeks with wins against Valencia and Malaga.

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

Eibar continued working hard in the 2nd half, they were winning corners, tackles and recovering second balls and their Serbian goalkeeper was excellent in goal. Barca's average attendance is more than 10 times that figure, while the entire population of Eibar (fewer than 30,000) would fit into Camp Nou more than three times over. Their previous match trip saw the Blaugrana come from two goals down to win 4-2 at Real Sociedad - their first league triumph in the Anoeta in nine years.

On the back of consecutive league draws against Espanyol and Getafe, Barca boss Ernesto Valverde resisted the urge to shuffle his pack and named an XI it would be no surprise to see line up for Wednesday's (AEDT) Champions League match at Chelsea.

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. They were still unbeaten and their path to the league title appeared to be a procession. They didn't get their reward here but they may still get it at the end of the season.

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