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3 talking points as Barcelona play out a draw versus Eibar

Barcelona equalised against Eibar to claim a point but remain sixth in La Liga, seven points off the top spot occupied by Madrid rivals.

Barcelona hosted Eibar at the Camp Nou on Tuesday evening as Ronald Koeman hoped to see his side close out the year on a positive note. Unfortunately, the Blaugrana, who were without Lionel Messi were unable to crack down the Basque side and had to share a 1-1 draw, which kept them at sixth place.

Martin Braithwaite had a dramatic first half as he missed a penalty and saw a goal disallowed for a marginal offside. Kike Garcia took advantage of Eibar’s fortune and scored the opening goal of the match before Ousmane Dembele pulled level in a rather uneventful game where neither side deserved to win.

Here is a look at the three talking points from the fixture.

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Barcelona have won less than half of the La Liga matches they have played this season, conceding 15 times already in the course. Ronald Koeman has not even been questioned, which comes as little surprise though considering his legendary status at the club. However, the manager is failing time and again from a tactical standpoint as he did versus Eibar too.

When Barca were without their best player, the Dutchman opted for a major change in formation as he employed five defenders- something that was never tried before. To make matters worse, he withdrew Sergino Dest at half-time and brought in Ousmane Dembele, which also meant the Catalans were playing the last 45 without a right-back on the pitch.