A Barcelona anguished who is nine points from the top of the standings will face this Wednesday at 9:00 p.m. at the Camp Nou the new leader of the League, the Real society, who has played two more games than Barça.
Those of Ronald Koeman arrive at the appointment after a week with two losses in a row (Cádiz and Juventus de Turin) and a triumph with suffering (Levante). Koeman’s goal is to take advantage of the two league games this week at the Camp Nou, against Real Sociedad and Valencia, for add six points and scale positions in the classification.
Koeman considered that the triumph by the minimum against Levante “was very important for the team’s spirit” taking into account the situation in the League and the setback against Juventus in Turin, which caused Barça to lose the first place in the group in the Champions League.
The It is doubtful whether against Real Sociedad Koeman will start betting on the 4-2-3-1 game system again as he did for the first time since he was coach of Barça last Sunday against Levante. Despite being asked about it at the press conference prior to the meeting, he did not want to reveal it.
The fit of pieces in the attack zone will depend on this. With the injuries of Ansu Fati and Ousmane Dembélé, Koeman has Leo in these positions Messi, Antoine Griezmann, Martin Braithwaite, Pedro González ‘Pedri’, Trincao and Coutinho, to which Riqui Puig and Carles Aleña could be added if the Dutch coach decided to bet on two interiors. Another bullet that is in the chamber is the extreme of the subsidiary Konrad de la Fuente, who already entered the call against Levante but did not have minutes.
Messi, the author of the only goal against the ‘granotas’, will reach Pelé as the top scorer in history of the same club if he scores a goal against Real Sociedad. Now they go from 643 to 642.
The Royal Society seeks to give a hit on the table tomorrow at the Camp Nou to be taken into account definitively in this League and it will do so without two of its maximum props, Mikel Oyarzabal and David Silva, once again out, and against an irregular Barcelona Football Club who have not scratched a point at home since 1995.
The Barça fiefdom is the worst of all those in the First Division for the team trained by Imanol Alguacil, who participated as a player 25 years ago in that last realistic success in the Catalan capital. Now La Real is strong and Barça shows doubts, but the losses of Oyarzabal and Silva, who are not even summoned, may condition the match for a Basque team that also accuses the loss of its goalkeeper Miguel Ángel Moyá and that of central Aritz Elustondo, the latter absence that Real can cover well with Zubeldia and Le Normand.
The Basques arrive fair of goal to this meeting, although not from a game that allows them to generate chances that do not materialize, which has resulted in six games between The league and Europe without winning, but also without losing. Bailiff offered rest to some of his best men in the Gipuzkoan derby against Eibar (1-1), pending this match for which the starting eleven Nacho Monreal, Gorosabel or Willian José, who stood out in the European classification against Napoli in the Europa League and stayed on the bench against the Eibar.
FC Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Sergiño Dest, Araújo, Lenglet, Jordi Alba; Frenkie de Jong, Pedri, Coutinho; Messi, Griezmann and Braithwaite.
Real society: Remiro, Gorosabel, Zubeldia, Le Normand, Monreal; Guevara, Zubimendi, Merino; Barrenetxea, Willian José and Januzaj.
Referee: Sánchez Martínez. (Murcian Committee).
Stadium: Camp Nou.