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FC Barcelona News: 17 February 2018; 18 Make Eibar Trip as Barcelona Look to Extend Streak

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Match Preview: Eibar vs Barça in Week 24 of La Liga | FC Barcelona
Saturday’s match is a collision course of sorts, as in-form SD Eibar welcomes FC Barcelona to the Basque Country for a late afternoon La Liga clash in which something’s gotta give. Eibar, which is in 7th place and is 8–3–1 in its last 12 league games, will not only try and beat the league leading Catalans for the first time ever, but they will also be looking to put the brakes on Barça’s 30-game unbeaten streak.

Squad announced for Eibar | FC Barcelona
The 18 heading to the Basque Country on Friday evening are: Ter Stegen, Semedo, Piqué, Rakitic, Sergio Busquets, Iniesta, Luis Suárez, Messi, Dembélé, Cillessen, Coutinho, Paulinho, Jordi Alba, Digne, Sergi Roberto, Aleix Vidal, Umtiti and Yerry Mina.

Ernesto Valverde only thinking about Eibar | FC Barcelona
“Eibar are a team who put you under a great deal of pressure high up the field and they are one of the teams in the top flight who try to play the game in your half,” said the Barça coach in his pre-game press conference on Friday at the Ciutat Esportiva.

Exclusive interview: How Ter Stegen got to the top of the goalkeeping world | ESPN
One of the things that most stands out about Ter Stegen, maybe even the thing that is commented upon most, is that he is a goalkeeper who is good with his feet. He’s often seen clipping perfect passes to teammates and stopping a thousand hearts as he avoids tackles from opponents, dribbling around them like there’s ice in his veins.

Chelsea rout Hull ahead of Barça visit (4-0) | FC Barcelona
In their last game before hosting FC Barcelona in the Champions League, Chelsea progressed to the FA Cup quarter finals with a comfortable 4-0 win over Championship strugglers Hull City. Brazilian Willian scored twice in the first half, with former Barça man Pedro getting a goal in between off an assist from another ex-blaugrana Cesc Fàbregas.