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Three things Barcelona need to do against Eibar

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The champions play their final La Liga game of the season

FC Barcelona v Getafe CF - La Liga Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images

After securing three points against Getafe, Barcelona face their final league game of the season at 12th placed Eibar. The hosts have had their highs and lows this season while Barcelona are eyeing the domestic double again. While their main focus is now on the Copa del Rey final, ending the league run on a winning note should be the priority and that is what the Blaugranes must do.

Restrict Eibar’s long passing

Real Madrid CF v SD Eibar - La Liga Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Eibar’s style of play consists of long passing and hogging possession. Their players are adept at long ball situations and have the highest number of aerial duels attempted in the league (55 per game). So, for Barcelona, playing long balls too often might lead to conceding possession. The Blaugranes have undeniably the best passers in the world and using their trademark short game will prove vital to their hopes of dominating the match. This will do the trick as Eibar have recorded the second lowest amount of interceptions per game, with a little below 10 per match.

Take Advantage of their Width

FC Barcelona v SD Eibar - La Liga Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

Eibar employ a 4-4-2 system and play with width which has resulted in more pace down the wings and better coverage of the field. They may be good at counters, but their width has a downfall regarding their retention of the ball and their passing accuracy. With a lowly 72.7% passing accuracy and around 70 misplaced passes per game overall this season (both stats being in the extreme regarding Liga stats), Barcelona will get many chances to nick the ball and go on the attack.

Give Supporters Something To Cheer

Barcelona v Liverpool - UEFA Champions League Semi Final: First Leg Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

The season has been phenomenal with Barcelona set to clinch a domestic double just like last season but the Champions League horror continues. Some players have been made the scapegoat for that awful performance, and fans have expressed their displeasure in the form of boos and whistles. Perhaps the best way to end the league would be on a winning note with fans by our side, and that’s what should be reflected in Sunday’s fixture.