FC Barcelona thrashes Eibar as an away team at Municipal de Ipurua as Eibar vs Barcelona ended 0-4.
Eibar: Yoel, Luna, Lejeune, Dos Santos, Capa, Escalante, Dani Gracia, Inui, Adrian, Leon, Sergi Enrich.
FC Barcelona: Marc Andre Ter Stegen, Sergi Roberto, Samuel Umtiti, Mathieu, Jordi Alba, Arda Turan, Sergio Busquets, Ivan Rakitic, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Neymar Jr.
The starting line-up was full of changes and horrors. Mathieu made his first start for Barcelona since October. He has been a mistake prone and struggling with form lately. His presence on the pitch indicated trouble for Barcelona since the start of the season. And his name alongside the youngster Samuel Umtiti might have given nightmares to FC Barcelona fans. Moreover, Jordi Alba replaced Lucas Digne as the left back after the Spaniard was left out of Copa game at Anoeta. Since Andres Iniesta is out injured, Arda Turan started as the left midfielder alongside Sergio Busquets and Ivan Rakitic. The presence of Arda Turan was also criticized as the Turkish is great when he plays as a winger. But he doesn’t seem to be up to the mark as a midfielder and inclusion of Denis Suarez could have been a better option.
The midfield maestro Sergio Busquets picked up an ankle injury. He was taken off on a stretcher 9th minute of the game. Denis Suarez came in as a substitute but took the position of Ivan Rakitic. Rakitic played the holding role in the Barcelona’s midfield for the rest of the game. And he was quite brilliant in that role. It is a big blow to the Blaugranas as Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta, and Rafinha Alcantara are all injured. And they aren’t left with a hand full of midfield options.