Lionel Messi was unavailable once more but Frenkie de Jong's scored one and made another to see Barcelona past Elche.
Ronald Koeman appears to be turning around Barcelona's season, but he is not prepared to compromise his tough-talking approach to coaching.
Lionel Messi akan terlepas perlawanan LaLiga di antara Barcelona dan Elche malam esok selepas gagal dalam rayuannya daripada digantung dua perlawanan.
A simulation provided by Stats Perform AI puts Atletico Madrid firmly at the top of LaLiga at the end of the season.
Barcelona will be without Lionel Messi against Elche after he failed to have his suspension overturned.
Zinedine Zidane discussed Eden Hazard's return in the midweek draw away to Elche in LaLiga.
Real Madrid were frustrated by Elche on Wednesday, and now sit two points behind leaders Atletico Madrid having played two games more.
Dani Carvajal conceded a penalty to allow Elche back into the game as Real Madrid were held to a 1-1 draw.
Real Madrid will be without Isco for Wednesday's LaLiga meeting with Elche after the attacking midfielder withdrew from their 24-man squad.
Eden Hazard has not played since the end of November but Zinedine Zidane plans on using the forward when Real Madrid take on Elche.