Valverde explains how Chelsea have an advantage over Barcelona

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"We know what we're coming up against".

Eibar showed why it is one of the surprises of the season in Spain by taking the initiative first at Barcelona.

Betis were in fine form, a victory would have taken them into the European places having scored five goals at city rivals Sevilla only two matchdays previously.

Luis Suarez opened the scoring in the 16th minute after Lionel Messi played him through with a defence splitting pass and the Uruguayan rounded goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic and tapped into an open net, 0-1.

Suarez used a feint to bring goalkeeper Marco Dmitrovic to the turf before netting his 17th goal in the competition.

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A handsome through ball by Sergio Busquets set-up Lionel Messi who combined with Suarez, but the Argentine hit the post after 36 minutes.

Suarez's goal came against the flow of the match.

Messi hit the post after Eibar's Fabian Orellana struck an effort against the crossbar, although the gifted but temperamental Chile right-winger undermined the hosts' efforts by receiving his third red card in 12 appearances against Barca midway through the second half.

Orellana damaged his team's chances of a comeback when he earned bookings in the 57th and 66th.

But Valverde picked veteran Andres Iniesta instead. Barca's average attendance is more than 10 times that figure, while the entire population of Eibar (fewer than 30,000) would fit into Camp Nou more than three times over.

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Eibar manager Jose Luis Mendilibar will be looking to skipper Dani Garcia to help nullify Barca's attacking prowess.

But the quality Barcelona's squad possesses is huge, with transfermarkt valuing it at $1.194 billion to Eibar's $70 million.

Atletico have closed the gap in the past fortnight with wins over Valencia and Malaga and Valverde said: "When you start thinking about margins for error then it is the first step towards losing it".

"I don't have any problem admitting that during some phases of the game Eibar were on top, we couldn't overcome their pressing". Both of them, though, were left on the bench for the game against Eibar as Valverde named what the majority of the Catalan media felt was his strongest side. The Basque outfit sit seventh in the current La Liga standings and are unbeaten in their last four games.

Remarkably, that did not check Eibar's ambition but Jordi Alba was able to seal the points two minutes from time.

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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.

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