Eibar vs Barcelona Eibar host Barcelona on Sunday
Jose Luis Mendilibar and Ernesto Valverde will meet at Ipurua on Sunday as Eibar host Barcelona on the final day on the LaLiga Santander season.
The two coaches are good friends and, with both teams having already completed their objectives this campaign, they can enjoy the match between their sides.
“Mendilibar always gets that little bit extra out of his players,” Valverde said of his counterpart during his time at Athletic Club, when he said he didn’t like to come up against Mendilibar‘s teams on the final day of the season.
Mendilibar is, without doubt, one of Valverde‘s closest friends in football and the two meet when they can during the season for relaxing meals and have been seen at Txokos, traditional Basque gatherings where people come together to cook and socialise.
In fact, on the day he took charge of Barcelona Valverde rushed over to the Basque Country eager not to miss an arranged Txoko gathering with friends and he arrived in time for dessert and the after-dinner conversation.
On Sunday, the pair will meet for another friendly affair when Valverde‘s LaLiga Santander champions visit Mendilibar‘s Eibar, who have already secured a mid-table finish.