It was never going to be easy for Barcelona against Real Sociedad. Up against one of Spain’s most in-form teams, Xavi Hernandez’s side were always required to step up and dish out a clinical performance.
Yet, that was far from what happened. The Catalans were under pressure for most of, if not the entire game, and produced a display to forget. They never got onto the front foot and ended up chasing after the ball more often than not.
In the end, as unfair as it is, Ronald Araujo put the team ahead with two minutes remaining on the clock. The goal was made possible only through Ilkay Gundogan’s phenomenal lobbed pass over the top which the Uruguayan headed to perfection.
There were many headline-worthy events on the night, from the late winner to Pedri’s return to football, and from Real Sociedad’s free-flowing attack to Xavi’s substitutions.
Barça Universal brings you three talking points from Real Sociedad 0-1 Barcelona.
Real Sociedad all the way
If Barcelona were the better team, a more synchronised unit and the ones with more initiative against Real Madrid last weekend, the team that stepped onto the field last night was a shadow of the same.
The Blaugranas did not look close to the form they displayed a week ago. The aetiology of the same may be multifold, from the psychological impact of last weekend’s fixture to the altered formation that Xavi deployed. Yet, the fact remains that they were outclassed.
Real Sociedad were the better side in San Sebastián by leaps and bounds last night, so much so that a defeat for the Catalans appeared written in stone. They were inspired in attack, rock-solid in defence and created chances for fun.
The Basque outfit completed the game with 51% possession, 13 shots, six of which were on target, two big chances missed and nine shots inside the box. Ander Barrenetxea, Takefusa Kubo and Mikel Merino, in particular, tormented the Barça defence.
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Standout performer. (Photo by PAU…
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Author : Adithya Eshwarla
Publish date : 2023-11-05 08:51:09
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