Barcelona travelled to Ipurua last Saturday and managed to snatch away all three points after beating Eibar 3-0. Even though the Basque hosts fought bravely, the Catalans were clinical and made use of the hosts’ disorganised pressing tactics and the abundance of space they were given when entering the final third.
The home team were deployed in a fairly standard 4-4-2 system that they’ve used for the majority of the ongoing season. There were a couple of changes to their setup from the last game they played in La Liga.
Jose Angel Cote started at the left-back position while Orellana and Diop were joined by Álvarez and León in the middle of the pitch. Up front, Sergi Enrich and Charles led the way.
On the other side of the pitch, Barcelona were deployed in their usual 4-3-3 formation but saw some changes in the lineup. Jordi Alba and Samuel Umtiti both made their big returns after injury and Sergi Roberto returned to his right-back position.
The rest of the squad didn’t see any changes as the Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong and Arthur Melo midfield was followed by Griezmann/ Suárez/ Messi forward trio.
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