Barcelona is going through a difficult and complicated test this Thursday evening, against its counterpart Real Sociedad, at the “Anoeta” stadium, as part of the 33rd round of the La Liga competition for the 2021-22 season.
Barcelona suffered a painful blow in the last round of La Liga, after losing 1-0 against Cadiz at the Camp Nou, where his balance froze at 60 points in second place in the Spanish league standings, which is on the throne of Real Madrid.
Barcelona is seeking to win the three points to ensure that it remains in the La Liga rank and second place in light of its conflict with Seville, who is equal with him in points with the presence of a game less for the Catalan team and to ensure that Real Madrid is chased in the lead until the end.
Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez spoke about the match in the press conference, saying: “Sociedad is a different opponent than we faced with Cadiz or Eintracht. An attractive match for the fans, the anger is over and again there is the illusion and the desire to do things well.”
Xavi added, “We got into a negative dynamic but we have to get out now. It’s a match against the direct opponents of the Champions League. It will be difficult but it depends on us. We got into this dynamic but we didn’t do it for a specific reason now. It’s football and emotional. We were hoping to play in the league and compete until the end and it seems like it won’t be possible.”
On the other hand, Sociedad seeks to win Barcelona match points, come close to reaching the semi-finals, advance more in the standings, and break into the qualifying positions for the European Champions League, taking advantage of the ground and the public, as it occupies sixth place in the La Liga standings with 55 points.
Barcelona expected lineup
Barcelona is expected to enter the match with the following formation:
Ter Stegen – Jordi Alba – Clement Longlet – Eric Garcia – Dani Alves – Jaffe – Sergio Busquets – Frenkie de Jong – Ousmane Dembele – Aubameyang – Ferran Torres.
Expected formation of Real Sociedad
The expected formation of Real Sociedad is as follows:
Alex Remero – Andoni Gurosabel – Igor Zubeldia – Robin Le Normand – Diego Rico – Mikel Merino – Martin Zubimendi – Rafinha – David Silva – Alexander Isak – Alexander Sorloth.
The Barcelona squad witnessed the return of Gerard Pique, the defender of the first team, after recovering from an adductor muscle injury, and the Spaniard obtained a medical permit.