Real Sociedad puts its leadership to the test on the day at the start of the Xavi era at Barça

Exceeded the last window of 2021 international matches, came back LaLiga Santander with the long-awaited return of Xavi Hernandez, now as a new technician of the Barcelona, to refloat an aimless ship that transits far from the privileged positions that leads the Real society with Real Madrid and Seville as squires.

Until a few days ago, the technician of the Al sadd Qatari, a banner as a footballer for the Barça team and the Spanish national team, returns to the soccer Spaniard hoping in the club he runs Joan Laporta that he is able to rebuild the team, both in the aspect of the game and in the results.

He arrives almost in the condition of a true savior. And he breaks out precisely with a derby against Espanyol to open his mouth, with the obligation from the first minute to respond to expectations and all the lights focused on his person.

In qualifying terms, Barcelona faces this new stage eleven points behind the leader, ten points behind Real Madrid and Sevilla and six points behind. Atletico Madrid, defender of the title. He has not won four games -two defeats and two draws-, and in the table it is even with Espanyol, which is making a good start to the season with relevant triumphs, such as the one obtained in October against the Madrid team itself.

The set ‘perico’ does not win in the Camp Nou since February 2009, when a double by Iván de la Peña allowed him to score for the last time in the fiefdom of the eternal rival, but this time he appears ready to break this streak under the protection of good feelings, his competitiveness and the good moment from the forward Raúl de Tomás, reinforced by his debut with the Spanish team.

It will be, above all, the first opportunity to see what wickers do you use and why approach Xavi bet, to which this break has allowed him at least to recover for the cause players who were going through physical problems.

The Real Sociedad will once again defend the leadership that it has been winning with solvency and even authority, this time against a Valencia that has not just found the necessary consistency to get into the European positions. In addition, he will not be able to count on a sanction with Hugo Guillamón and due to physical problems with Gabriel Paulista, key both for José Bordalás.

Attentive to a failure of the set of Imanol Sheriff They will be again Real Madrid and Sevilla, second and third to one point, who are chasing their third consecutive victory. Italian Carlo Ancelotti’s team will visit Granada and Julen Lopetegui’s team will host Alavés, who are struggling to get away from the danger zone.

Twelve victories has Real Madrid against Granada, against which they have not lost since February 2013, but they know that the return of the national team breaks is complicated, and more against rivals who are already playing their lives like that of Robert Moreno, who saw his climb slowed down at the RCDE Stadium.

The reborn Alavés of Javi Calleja – ten points out of the last twelve possible – launches an ordeal at Sevilla, ready this year to fight face to face with the big favorites and to take advantage of its large squad, now reduced in attack by the injury of wide Moroccan tour Youssef En-Nesyri, without forgetting the captain’s Jesus Navas.

Atlético de Madrid, which lost ground with its draw in Bullets, has a difficult game in the Wanda Metropolitano against Osasuna Despite the fact that the Navarrese team has lost steam in the last four games, in which they have chained two draws and two defeats. It is forbidden to fail for Argentine Diego Pablo Simeone, who will recover Marcos Llorente placeholder image to french Thomas Lemar.

Two defeats have weighed down the Chilean’s Betis march Manuel Pellegrini and now they force him to compose himself. At the beginning you will visit the Elche, whose situation in the relegation zone makes it even more dangerous. The Argentine army of the Elche attack is presented as a clear threat to the Heliopolitan group, which loses the Argentine ‘anchor’ Guido Rodriguez by cards.

Just one point behind Betis closes the European zone the surprising Lightning, who returns to play in his favorite setting, the Vallecas stadium. He will receive with the aim of reencountering the triumph at Majorca, who have drawn their last four games.

That area of ​​privilege is the one Athletic wants to reach after three games without winning. For this, it needs the victory at home of Levante, the only team that does not know the victory and that is penultimate with the same points as Getafe, red lantern, also in need of the points against a direct rival such as Cadiz, sixteenth very close to danger and that has the doubt of the Panamanian ‘Choco’ Lozano.

Celta and Villarreal They will complete the day in an attractive duel, between two teams with wickers to be in the upper part of the table but who have not found the way so far.

However, the reaction of Eduardo ‘Chacho’ Coudet’s against Barcelona, ​​by equaling a 0-3, and the triumph of Unai Emery’s against Getafe, is a good starting point. The worst thing for the locals is the loss due to sanction of the Peruvian Renato Tapia and Hugo Mallo due to injury, and the best for the visitors the possible return of Gerard Moreno.

Program of the 14th day:

  • Friday 19: 21.00 Raise-Athletic
  • Saturday 20: 14.00 Celta-Villarreal 16.15 Sevilla-Alavés 18.30 Atlético de Madrid-Osasuna 21.00 Barcelona-Espanyol
  • Sunday 21: 14.00 Getafe-Cádiz 16.15 Granada-Real Madrid 18.30 Elche-Betis 21.00 Real Sociedad-Valencia
  • Monday 22: 21.00 Rayo Vallecano-Mallorca


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