The most solidary Barça
Sunday. 4 pm. Rain. Ipurua. Field, in bad conditions. The second in the standings, 8 points behind. Opponents who never stop running. The crowd whistles on every pass. The ingredients that surrounded Eibar-Barça didn't foretell a placid match for Luis Enrique's men, but this team showed again that they are above any circumstance. In a demonstration of ambition and teamwork, Barça got 3 points in a match where every play did their bit to help. These are 5 points that show Barça's solidarity.
Arda Turan, the player who recovered more balls
It's said he left Atlético Madrid tired of having to work in defense. In Barça we are waiting for his magic to arise soon but, meanwhile, he has to fulfil center midfielder responsibilities. At Ipurua, he was the player who recovered more balls, 9, the same as Escalante (Eibar) according to Opta Sports. Furthermore, he mended his problem of committing too much fouls when tackling and only committed one.
Piqué & Mascherano's couple
After many years, Gerard Piqué and Javier Mascherano forged a duo that get along with each other in Barça's defense. Against Eibar they showed strength again. Mascherano was the most attentive player when correcting and the one to complete more tackles (3/3.) Piqué was the leader in the aerial plays, winning 4 out of 5 duels. A data on the strength of their work: they only committed one foul, Mascherano in the 82th minute which meant a yellow card and a ban for the next match against Getafe, so he can rest.
Messi, playmaking version
Without Iniesta and Neymar, two of the players with more ability to create plays, Leo Messi was in charge of creating goal chances. The Argentine was the one to try more passes in the attacking zone, with 21 successful passes out of 28 tries. He passed the ball to Suárez in the first goal by Munir. He also leaded the play of the second goal and he finally generated the penalty and scored. A perfect match to show his total soccer dimension.
Suárez, assist leader
After his pass on Munir, the Uruguayan has assisted 15 times this season. He is the leader of the competition in this aspect and in Europe he is only beaten by Özil (18.) Apart from his 26 goals, Suárez is showing he is more than a box killer and over the 90 minutes he always fights to press the defense and passes the ball to his mates. A solidary leader.