Barcelona notch up win after two draws

Kevin De Bruyne has earned a remarkable 20 points for Manchester City this season

Kevin De Bruyne has earned a remarkable 20 points for Manchester City this season

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.

Victory for Barca, made easier following the sending-off of Fabian Orellana 66 minutes in, also ensures that they have equalled their club-record run of games unbeaten in the Spanish top flight, matching the 31 set by Pep Guardiola's class of 2011.

Before their Champions League clash with Chelsea in London, Lionel Messi and Barcelona put their unbeaten record in La Liga on the line against Eibar in the rather less glamorous surrounds of Ipurua tonight. That day extra, to have a break from the pressure of staying in the cup is good to have.

With that in mind, Valverde will weigh up the pros and cons with Jon Aspiazu, his assistant coach. "We're not thinking about Tuesday's game".

Up ahead in midfield, Andres Iniesta might be rested as well, with Philippe Coutinho filling in in the captain's stead.

Barca took the lead in the 16th minute when the Leo Messi/Luis Suarez combination worked again as Messi set up Suarez to net his 17th league goal of the season.

The visitors had a couple of let-offs in the first half, with Sergio Busquets lucky not to concede a penalty as he pulled back Kike Garcia in the box.

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Orellana went the closest for the Basque club when he looped a shot over goalie Marc-Andre ter Stegen, only for the ball to hit the crossbar in the 19th.

The hosts then suffered another blow as Orellana was sent off after picking up a second yellow card.

This has allowed Valverde to field an extra central midfielder, often partnering Sergio Busquets with Croatian worldwide Ivan Rakitic, affording Barca greater stability, control and balance in the middle of the park.

They have to be careful not to falter now after leading LaLiga for 23 weeks on the trot but they must also give full respect and attention to the Champions League coming too.

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. Las Palmas remain in the relegation zone. They were left with their tongues hanging out after the two-legged Valencia affair in the Copa semi-final with Valverde giving maximum priority to the league since its start.

Whilst Atletico Madrid continue to rack up the wins, Barcelona have dropped points managing only draws against Espanyol and Getafe. Zinedine Zidane's side are at Betis on Sunday. First to Eibar in La Liga, and then a tie against Chelsea in the Champions League.

Messi's efforts to get on the scoresheet was frustrated by Dmitrovic this time, who managed to thwarted his intended lob after being feed through by Coutinho.

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