Welcome back to TalkBarca. Our topic for today is the Match Preview of Barcelona vs Real Sociedad. In this Match Preview, we are going to discuss the stories, and all the news associated to this game. We are also going to discuss our expected lineup, and players on the bench. We are back to action on our home turf after a disappointing outing to the Santiago Bernabeau. Barcelona is now at the 2nd place on the points table. Real Madrid is now on the top. Our rival for this game, Real Sociedad is on 6th place on the points table.
Before I talk about Sociedad, let’s talk about the La Liga first. There are a lot of mixed opinions about whether the Liga title is in our hands or not. If we take a closer look at it, Barcelona has 12 remaining games in La Liga, and so does Real Madrid. There is still a lot of competition left, and it is too early for now to decide who’s winning the league. It is pretty sure that either Barcelona or Real Madrid is going to win the La Liga title. However, simply counting us out is invalid.
Real Sociedad has also been playing excellent football in this competition lately. I am really amazed by how well Sociedad has progressed. A win in this fixture is going to take them closer to the top 4 in the Liga standings. Therefore, we have to avoid making frequent mistakes, and must take this game really seriously. Sociedad is going to go really heavy on us, as they really want to qualify for the Champions League this season. It is also really possible for them because they have some world class, and really energetic players in their squad, ready to fight.
BARCELONA VS SOCIEDAD MATCH PREVIEW
SARABIA AGAINST THE PLAYERS:
I would like to mention a pretty trending, and hot news circulating the headlines. The news is that the players are upset from Quique Setien’s agent Sarabia who was furious at them during the game against Real Madrid. It was reported that Sarabia cursed the players, and showed a lot of anger. This behavior made the players angry as well, and they lashed back at him. This all caused a pretty bad environment within the club, and Quique also spoke about it in a press conference. He was upset about it.
He also said that he apologizes to all the players on behalf of Sarabia, and I oppose this. Why did he apologize? Was there a need to say sorry? Absolutely not! Why do we apologize when players make a mistake? It is their responsibility to perform on the pitch, not ours. Why do our players think that we are going to pamper them everytime they make mistakes? This is not going to happen. Facing criticism is part of being a sports person, especially when you failed to deliver to the expectations. All the criticism given to the players is correct.
I mean, wasn’t El Classico a true disappointment? Sarabia is correct about whatever he said. The entire fanbase had similar opinions. Therefore, we must stop pampering our players, and ask them to start delivering on the pitch. Quique Setien also needs to show the man in himself now. Long gone are the days where your kind, and generous behavior got the best out of your players. It’s 2020 now, and if you are not able to stand up to the level you’re playing at, then you don’t belong there. I am sick of being disappointed repeatedly. It needs to change.
BARCELONA VS REAL SOCIEDAD EXPECTED LINEUP
Ter Stegen is expected to start in goal. Ter Stegen is making a streak of delivering fine performances every week. It doesn’t matter if its La Liga or the Champions League, he is definitely going to perform. He is the right guy to be the future captain at this club. He leads the defensive line like a leader, and he is one of the least positive aspects about this club. Jordi Alba, and Semedo are going to start as Right, and Left back. Semedo is in a great form as well, and he is really growing well.
Pique is going to start as the Center Back. I expect Umtiti to be replaced with Clement Lenglet. Umtiti did not deliver against Real Madrid. Our midfield choices are going to play a major role in this game. Arthur is injured due to a pain in the ankle. This is pretty frustrating news because our injury issues just keep increasing. Anyway, Arthur’s unavailability can mean that we can see Puig in action. Furthrmore, we are definitely going to see Busquests, and De Jong starting in the midfield. Vidal can also start due to his fighter spirit.
I also want Ansu Fati, or Braithwaite to start on the wing or as striker alongside Antoine Griezmann. Messi is obviously going to be there as well. He is either going to start as the Right Winger, or Center Forward. Messi can also begin as the Center Attacking Midfielder, where he normally positions himself during the game. Messi is also expected to perform in this game, and even if he does, he is going to face criticism. It is going to be justified as well as he once again failed to perform against a bigger team. Let’s see what happens.
This is a really important game for us, as every game count from this moment. The La Liga title race is really heated now, and we really need to give Quique Setien his first La Liga title in his very first season. He has really worked hard on us, and we need to deliver it to him.
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