Mendilibar: Don't doubt Valverde, he's the best Barcelona have
Jose Luis Mendilibar was full of praise for his former teammate and Saturday afternoon rival Ernesto Valverde, after Eibar's 3-0 loss to Barcelona.
Valverde got the better of Mendilibar in this one and the Eibar coach reflected on Barcelona's up-and-down start to the season.
"It's not normal for them to lose twice early on, when they usually lose just a couple of times over a whole season," he said after the match.
"They're a great team and they have a great coach.
"Don't doubt him at any point because he's the best Barcelona have."
For Mendilibar, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez looked extra sharp after two weeks off.
"You could tell that Messi and Suarez hadn't been away with their national teams," the coach said.
"They were really fresh and were Barcelona's best two players.
"You could tell that they were plugged in from the start, with spark.
"They brought the ball out from the back really well and we had to run a lot.
"It was hard to take something away from the game.
"We did a bit more in the first half, but in the second half we couldn't create chances.
"Maybe I made mistakes and not the players."