Real Sociedad faces Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup semifinals. The match will be played on Wednesday, January 13th at Estadio Nuevo Arcángel (Córdoba)
The tough Real Sociedad has finally started to show high results in the local arena. The club occupies an intermediate fourth place in the LaLiga standings and claims a long-awaited return to the Champions League. The Super Cup is not a priority tournament for the Basques, but Imanol Alguacil's charges must use the chance to prove themselves against the background of the country's main grandees. Real Sociedad’s squad has long looked competitive against the background of the main contenders for the Eurocup zone. In the current championship, many of the team's players have shown noticeable progress in their game characteristics. Remiro, Le Normand, Merino, Zubeldia, Oyarzabal, Porto, Isak, and Willian José are in excellent shape.
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Ronald Koeman came to Barcelona during a difficult period that requires quick decisions and major changes. The time of the former leaders of the Catalan team is gradually passing away. The Blue-Garnets are actively gathering talented youth from all over the world. Now they occupy an intermediate third place in the LaLiga standings. Beyond that, they are preparing to storm the heights of the Champions League playoffs. In the last rounds of the championship, the Catalans have gained good condition and won several important victories (over Athletic and Real Sociedad). In the upcoming match, Barcelona will try to show high-level football and make it to the final of the prestigious tournament. Koeman gradually introduces talented youth into the lineup (Fati, De Jong, Pedri, Dest, and Araujo.) Such promising performers as Puig, Trincao, Mingueza, de la Fuente, and Fernandes are used as quality substitutes.
In the last games, Messi and company became an increasingly pragmatic team. Barcelona still possesses the ball 65-70% of the playing time, but it has begun to pay more attention to defensive actions and pressing in the midfield. It is difficult to call Catalans sinless, but progress is obvious. However, Real Sociedad will impose the fight on rivals, so we are waiting for competitive football.
Prediction for the match: Both teams to score - yes