Eibar coach: “Real Madrid can play much faster than Barcelona”


In the space of nine days, Eibar manager Jose Luis Mendilibar has been facing both Real Madrid and Barcelona.

On 20 December, the Basque side slipped to a 3-1 home loss against Los Blancos, but on Tuesday night they did better against Blaugrana as they held the hosts to a 1-1 draw at Camp Nou.

With Madrid in shape, winning six games in a row across all competitions, Mendilibar has now compared what it was like to face each side, while Barcelona has fallen to sixth in the standings.

On Cadena Ser, Mendilibar clarified: “The difference between Barça and Madrid is that Madrid can play much faster than Barça. In the first 20 minutes, Madrid played us at a tempo we were not able to keep up with. It was the first time Eibar had prevented defeat at Camp Nou on Tuesday night, but they were decent value for a point against Lionel Messi-less Barcelona, with the Argentinean sitting in the stands because of a knee injury.”

With 16 points from their opening 16 league games, Eibar is currently 15th in the standings.

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