Barcelona reach another level

EFE

Ipurua is always a tough place to go, but Barcelona made light work of their trip to the Basque Country on Saturday.

Goals from Antoine Griezmann, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez saw Ernesto Valverde‘s side come away from Eibar with all three points and with a renewed sense of belief.

Griezmann rediscovered his best form after a night off against Sevilla two weeks ago.

He was involved in all three goals, scoring the first, assisting the second and passing to Messi to set up Suarez for the third.

The Frenchman also put in the work going the other way too, providing defensive support to his midfielders and full-backs when needed.

The French connection between Samuel Umtiti and Clement Lenglet worked a treat for Barcelona in the centre of defence.

Umtiti put in an assured performance on his return from a lengthy injury, while Lenglet contributed in both attack and defence, setting up Griezmann for the opener.

Who knows if Valverde would’ve fielded the same team with a Clasico to come next week…

The Blaugrana coach put out his best side in the absence of the suspended Gerard Pique.

He was forced into a change at half time, but Nelson Semedo proved to be the right choice to replace Sergi Roberto at right-back.

Messi found himself one on one with Marko Dmitrovic during the first half and the entire stadium expected him to find the back of the net.

However, the Eibar goalkeeper didn’t let Messi round him and stopped the Argentine in his path.

It wasn’t a good afternoon for Jose Luis Mendilibar and his Eibar side, who weren’t at their best.

They struggled to cope with Barcelona defensively and provided very little attacking threat going forward.

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