The Basque side slipped to a 3-1 home defeat against Los Blancos on 20 December but fared better against the Blaugrana on Tuesday evening, as they held the hosts to a 1-1 draw at the Camp Nou.
Mendilibar has now compared what is was like to face each side, with Madrid in form – winning six games in a row across all competitions – while Barcelona have slipped to sixth in the standings.
📻🔴José Luis Mendilibar, en @Ellarguero
👉”La diferencia entre Barça y Madrid, es que el Madrid cuando se pone es capaz de jugar más rápido que el Barça”
“El Madrid nos jugó en los primeros 20 minutos a una velocidad que no éramos capaces de seguir”https://t.co/cyeReyyReI
— El Larguero (@ellarguero) December 29, 2020
Mendilibar explained on Cadena Ser: “The difference between Barça and Madrid is that Madrid are capable of playing much faster than Barça.
“Madrid played us in the first 20 minutes at a tempo that we were not able to keep up with.”
Tuesday night was the first time ever that Eibar had avoided defeat at the Camp Nou, but they were good value for a point against a Lionel Messi-less Barcelona, with the Argentine sitting in the stands due to a knee injury.
Eibar are currently 15th in the standings with 16 points from their opening 16 league games.