Barcelona win at Eibar 2-0 before trip to Chelsea in CL

Fabregas still amazed by timeless Iniesta

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.

After losing possession in the middle of the park, Lionel Messi picked up the pieces and delivered a delightful pass to the Uruguayan, who ran through before beating Marco Dmitrovic.

The Blues will battle the La Liga league leaders at Stamford Bridge for the opening leg on Tuesday night.

So we asked our friends at Football Whispers to pick out five reasons why Barca are actually better off without Neymar. Even if we perform very well, it will all depend on how they play.

Barcelona celebrate scoring their opener against Eibar. He plays it ahead for Suarez to run on to, and it was as close to a flawless through ball as you will see.

The game-winner was scored by Luis Suarez - his 17th in 21 league matches - in the 16th minute after the Uruguayan striker was played through by an inch-perfect ball from Lionel Messi. Orellana compounded that mistake when he batted a ball into the air with play stopped and the referee waiting for Eibar to return the ball to Barcelona to take a free kick.

The Chilean was, though, sent off on 66 minutes for punching the ball away, before Mendilibar, taking charge of his 100th LaLiga game with Eibar, was dismissed for protesting to the fourth official and Jordi Alba added Barcelona's late second.

Amongst all the tactical decisions Valverde made on Saturday, the choice of starting Andres Iniesta over Coutinho was perhaps the biggest.

Who will come out on top in the battle of the managers José Luis Mendilibar or Ernesto Valverde?

When you're playing against them you probably need to keep 11 players on the pitch, so Eibar were probably fuming when Fabian Orellana got one of the most farcical red cards going.

The visitors can welcome back Gerard Pique from a short-term knee injury and Samuel Umtiti as well after he served a one-match suspension last weekend.

- Barcelona have won their eight La Liga games against Eibar (3.5 goals per game), the only side which have won all their games in La Liga against Eibar alongside Atletico (seven).

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