Real Sociedad – Barcelona: Ronald’s Robbery In San Sebastian (0-1)

Three points were of the utmost importance to push the plans of both these clubs in the league. However, both managers would have been upset at what they witnessed: one with the outcome from a position of power and the other with a sloppy showing that should have silenced critics.

Tactical analysis and match report by Emmanuel Adeyemi-Abere.

Real Sociedad remain one of the success stories from Spain. The Basques backed their prodigies to facilitate their flight into the top four and earn the right to compete in the top tier in Europe for the first time in a decade. That challenge has not fazed the club, who sit at the top of their group at the halfway point of the phase. However, Imanol Alguacil will also strive for similar standards in LaLiga, where the squad sit six points behind their guests for the final Champions League qualification berth.

Barcelona are back to balancing between higher hopes. The Catalans are coming closer to a return to the knockout stages of the Champions League, winning all their three fixtures on the continent. On the other hand, a 2-1 loss to Real Madrid, their first loss of the campaign, was another blot on the defense of their LaLiga crown. Their age old rivals are four points ahead— and adding three more accounts for the gap to Girona. That difference can only . . .

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