Valverde: Eibar ‘a good test’ ahead of Chelsea clash

first_imgBarcelona Valverde: Eibar ‘a good test’ ahead of Chelsea clash Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 05:58 2/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Barcelona Ernesto Valverde Eibar v Barcelona Eibar Primera División Videos The Barca boss hopes a tough challenge in La Liga will prove to have been ideal preparation for the Champions League trip to Chelsea Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde conceded his La Liga leaders were made to toil for a return to winning ways at Eibar.Back-to-back draws against Espanyol and Getafe had left the door slightly ajar in the title race and Luis Suarez’s opening goal came despite a tide of relentless pressure from Jose Luis Mendilibar’s hosts during the opening stages.AdChoices广告Eibar were barely discouraged by Fabian Orellana’s red card midway through the second half and Barca needed Jordi Alba’s goal two minutes from time to make sure of extending their lead at the top over Atletico Madrid to 10 points . Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “Our objective was to win after back-to-back draws,” Valverde told a post-match news conference.”Eibar have a way of playing which demands you play in a certain way.”Each time we got past that first line of pressure, we could have scored because they were taking lots of risks.”Everyone suffers at Ipurua, no one wins here easily. Even Atletico only won in the last minute.”Next up for Barcelona is a keenly anticipated Champions League assignment at Chelsea.Time to hear what the boss, @JordiAlba and @SergiRoberto10 had to say on the #EibarBarça win Força Barça pic.twitter.com/UI6w21bO18 — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) February 17, 2018 “Tuesday’s game is another story. We will try to produce a good performance,” said Valverde, who credited Eibar for providing ideal preparation ahead of facing Antonio Conte’s Premier League champions.”Today was a good test before Tuesday. We had to suffer a lot, Eibar are in good form and it was a really difficult game.”Hopefully that will benefit us going into the midweek game, even though it’s a different competition. Eibar pressed us a lot. They were very good.”Chelsea also enter the match in good form, having smashed four goals past Hull City in the FA Cup on Friday.last_img read more