Valverde claims Chelsea have one big advantage over Barcelona

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"We will need to proceed with caution because a bad result can mean that you suddenly go from having a very good year to not such a good one", Gerard Pique warned this week at a sponsor's event, where the talk was of Chelsea rather than Eibar. First to Eibar in La Liga, and then a tie against Chelsea in the Champions League.

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.

Barca started the day seven points ahead of second-placed Atletico in La Liga, with the Rojiblancos in action at home to Athletic Club at the Wanda Metropolitano on Sunday. They played with high intensity right from the first whistle and were on top for the first 15 minutes of the game.

In total, Messi has 20 league goals - he's also hit the woodwork 15 times, including once against Eibar - and Suarez has 17.

That would prove near enough the latter's final contribution and he gave Eibar's hopes of a comeback a blow when he punched a ball away in response to a refereeing decision, which earned him a second yellow card.

They have scored at least twice in three of their last five matches.

But the team brilliance of Eibar, like every other side on the planet, struggled to cope with the individual brilliance of Barcelona.

Not many teams in the world will cost €300 million to assemble, but that's how much Barcelona have spent on Ousmane Dembele and Coutinho.

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And it remains to be seen whether Ernesto Valverde decides to shake things up a bit and rotate the side.

There was yet another routine win in La Liga for Barcelona on Saturday.

Barca were looking to kill off the game early on in the second period, after Suarez met a delivery from Messi at the back-post, but he could only find the side-netting.

Barca took advantage of the extra man in the 88th minute.

Jose Angel Valdes, Ivan Ramis and Kike all came close to opening the scoring before Suarez finally struck.

Eibar have won four of their last five at home.

Barca, meanwhile, play away at Eibar in La Liga on Saturday, leaving them with two days to plan for the game, with one of them taken up traveling to London.

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. He commented that they will be fighting for the title until the end.

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