" Barcelona vs Real Sociedad Match Preview and Bettin Tipa

 Barcelona - Real Sociedad

Barcelona only has the finals left between now and the end of the year. To some, it may sound like an exaggeration, but that is the speech that Ronald Koeman himself has established in the locker room. The amount of mistakes made during the season leaves the Catalans with little room for maneuver. In fact, just a week ago they were already discarded, but they are there again. Atlético de Madrid's stumble against Real Madrid gave the Catalans an extra life. Now they have to take advantage of it. Of course, after a more than discreet match last Sunday against Levante, a level test awaits them: Real Sociedad.

The problem is that the Catalans do not emit the best signals. This is very unreliable equipment. In fact, the team led by Koeman has only been able to win one game against one of the teams that occupy the top zone of the table, the one that faced Villarreal. Against Sevilla they tied and Real Madrid, Atlético and Cádiz added the three points against the Catalans. Now it will be necessary to see if they are able to reverse this dynamic.

The Royal Society, therefore, has in its hands to demonstrate that its situation is not accidental. For that he will have to face a vulnerable Barça. Probably the weakest of the last decade. It has never been so cheap to score at the Camp Nou. Of course, it is one thing to say it and another to do it.

Despite the number of casualties dragged by the team of Ronald Koeman, Fati, Dembélé, Sergi Roberto and Gerard Piqué, the Dutchman is convinced of the options for his team. Of course, it affects that the key in this game will be in defense. Press and be well behind against a team that not only wants the ball, but is capable of making anyone a suit with it.

The main question in the proposal of the Barcelona coach is in which system he will align to stop the San Sebastian. After several weeks receiving criticism for the 4-2-3-1, the Dutchman dropped to the knee and returned to the classic 4-3-3 last Sunday. It remains to be seen if it was a specific concession or if, on the contrary, that will be the new typical drawing of the Barcelona squad.

What is clear is that Barcelona need to win every game until the end of the year if it wants to continue with title options. Not one more stumble can be allowed, especially against a Real Sociedad that has only lost one match of the regular championship. Winning would mean getting within 6 points of the leader, but losing would be moving away to 12. Too great a distance despite the fact that we are only in the month of December.

Real Sociedad will go to the Camp Nou with the intention of ending its streak of six consecutive draws, between LaLiga and the Europa League, and emerge victorious almost 30 years later, which would be worth it to remain as leader and surely begin to be considered as a firm candidate to fight for the title until the end. The great pity for Imanol Alguacil is that for this complicated objective he will not be able to count on Oyarzabal, Silva, and Aritz, among others.

Real Sociedad, moreover, does not arrive as it wanted, because the load of matches is beginning to be noticed, in the form of injuries with the notorious losses of Aritz, Oyarzabal and Silva, above all, and in the least clarity against the rival goal, with only five goals in the six most recent games, in which he has not won, but has not lost either. He has subscribed to tie.

Despite this streak, the Txuriurdin team remains at the top of the table, despite the fact that there are many who do not see them capable of being in the fight for the title until the end of the championship. A victory that would surely make more than one change their mind and would mean presenting their candidacy, not to the elections of the club they visit, but to aspire to surprise and prevail over the usual winners.

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