After falling in the Santiago Bernabéu (2-0) and losing the leadership for the benefit of Real Madrid, Barcelona returns to Camp Nou with the visit of the Real Sociedad, finalist of the Copa del Rey and one of the revelations of the season , which will test the reaction capacity of the draft Quique Setién.
Unlike its rival, the Barca team has enjoyed a clean week, without games during the week. However, they were again a few days moved in the Barca environment.
The spotlights have focused this week on the subtitled texts of Quique Setién’s assistant, Eder Sarabia, criticizing his players in the classic against Real Madrid.
Beyond controversy, in Madrid two opposite faces of Barça were seen: controlling the Zidane team with the ball in the first half and physically melted in the second, when the white team scored the victory goals.
A defeat that, however, leaves the League open for the Catalans, seconds with one point less than the leader, but that forces those of Setién to add three by three to compete for the title.
Opposite, the Real Sociedad will be measured, a rival that has already bothered the Catalans in the first leg with asphyxiating pressure. The match ended in a draw (2-2), although the context of the first team’s squad, with many more effective, was different.
Possible alignment of Barcelona in his match against Real Sociedad
To the casualties of Sergi Roberto, Luis Suárez, Ousmane Dembélé, that of Arthur Melo has been added, with discomfort in the right ankle. In this way, Barça faces the meeting with fifteen chips of the first team, so, in addition to the usual presence of Ansu Fati, Setién has summoned the players of the subsidiary Riqui Puig and Álex Collado The Catalan team will enjoy another week No games, so you don’t expect many rotations. The question lies in whether the Cantabrian coach will continue betting on Arturo Vidal as a fourth midfielder, as he did in the Bernabéu, or if he will include another tip, either Braithwaite or Ansu Fati, to accompany Griezmann and Messi.
The Real Sociedad faces the fight at the Camp Nou, where it has not scored since 1995, with confidence in the clouds after its excellent season and qualifying for the Cup final, ready to continue exploring its limits this season and with the ambition to reach the Champions League places.
It is one of the meetings of the day and the prognosis is not as clear as in previous occasions, since the Donostiarras arrive uploaded to a wave of emotions after overcoming their last stumbling block before the Mirandés before the final copera and its exhibitions in the last Days turn this clash a priori into a very attractive match.
The statistics against Barça are engaged with the team of Imanol Alguacil, who has conceded 23 defeats consecutively in his visits to the Barcelona stadium, but it is set aside since neither the Real is the irregular team of past campaigns, nor his rival is at a time that scares his rivals, especially after losing the classic against Real Madrid last day.
Possible alignment of Real Sociedad in their match against Barcelona
Things are going so well in San Sebastián that Alguacil has virtually no injuries, beyond Asier Illarramedi.
Diego Llorente, the other player who was in the dry dock, is already exercising with the group although the match can arrive very soon to the Madrid central, in addition to the Aritz Elustondo-Le Normand couple has consolidated in the axis of the rear and it doesn’t seem that there will be changes there.
However, Elustondo received a heavy blow last Wednesday at Anduva, although in principle he can play.
The good results give renewed vigor to the legs of the Real players, who come to this match with nine victories in the last ten games, and no modifications are expected in the starting lineup, except perhaps the return of Alex Isak by Willian José , surprising headline against Mirandés on Wednesday in Copa, or the entrance of a fresh Portu by Januzaj.
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Lenglet, Alba; From Jong, Busquets, Rakitic; Braithwaite or Arturo Vidal, Messi and Griezmann.
Real Sociedad: Remiro; Zaldua, Aritz, Le Normand, Monreal; Zubeldia, Odegaard, Merino; Oyarzabal, Januzaj and Isak or Willian José.
Referee: Juan Martínez Munuera (Valencian Committee).
Timetable and where to watch the game
Stadium: Camp Nou.
Television: Movistar and MiTele.