Real Sociedad take on the visitors Inter in the round 1 match of UEFA Champions League group stage. The match will be played on Tuesday, September 20 at Reale Arena (San Sebastian).
Real Sociedad are finally back in the main European competition. Txuri-urdinak project is quite respected, although they are far from being a powerhouse. They have shown noticeable progress under their current coach, Imanol Alguacil. Starting his career here as a specialist, he won the Copa del Rey a couple of years ago (the last time they won it was in the 1980s). Basque teams consistently aimed for the 4th place in La Liga but often fell behind their competitors towards the end of the season. However, last season, one of the regular top-four teams, Sevilla, performed poorly, and Real Sociedad seized the opportunity, securing their long-awaited return to the Champions League. This leap was facilitated by several signings, including that of Zakharyan. However, they started the new season with three draws before finally securing a win.
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Inter underwent significant changes over the summer. The Nerazzurri finished last season at the bottom of the rankings in almost all of Europe. This was due to the fact that, like in the previous season, when the Italians finished in the top four of Serie A and won the Super Cup and the Cup, in the 2022/2023 season, Simone Inzaghi's team also reached the final of the Champions League. There, however, they faced defeat against the clear favorites of the pair, Manchester City. Despite this, the coach remained, although the previous season saw some unsuccessful stretches in Serie A. The squad, on the other hand, underwent significant changes - Onana, Skriniar, D'Ambrosio, Gosens, Brozovic, Correa, Dzeko, and Lukaku are no longer part of the team. However, there are plenty of newcomers, including the return of Alexis Sanchez and Arnautovic, as well as signings like Sommer, Marcus Thuram, Bissouma, Carlos Augusto, Pavard, and Klaassen. The Nerazzurri have managed to start a new cycle well. Moreover, they had a crucial derby of the season against AC Milan over the weekend. But they still need to perform at their best as the Champions League group stage, although not as star-studded as the previous one (which included Bayern and Barcelona), won't allow for any relaxation.
The sides have only played once, and that was back in 1979 in the UEFA Cup. They exchanged home victories, but the Italians won by a larger margin. The favorites are considered to be Simone Inzaghi's team. However, both teams are still gaining momentum, so let's go with the suggestion of total under 2.5 goals.
Prediction for the match: Under 2.5 scored goals.