A match without fissures, the importance of the passers and other keys to the Barça-Real Sociedad

After the setback in Girona and the fact that the people from Girona left two points behind Alavés, Barça faces a more important match than it may seem.

Oliver Thansan
Oliver Thansan
12 May 2024 Sunday 16:34
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A match without fissures, the importance of the passers and other keys to the Barça-Real Sociedad

After the setback in Girona and the fact that the people from Girona left two points behind Alavés, Barça faces a more important match than it may seem. And it is not just about recovering second place in the League but the need to finish the season well in terms of feelings and results. Ahead, a Real Sociedad with the intention of closing its participation in the next edition of the Europa League and obtaining three prestige points. Here are my 5 tactical keys for this stimulating encounter:

One of the immediate objectives is for Barça to be stable throughout the ninety minutes. An aspect that he did not achieve against Girona, Madrid or PSG and that, in general, he has not achieved throughout the entire season. And the Blaugranas have combined good stretches of games with others of football free fall too often. Montilivi's match was the most recent example and one of the clearest this year. So both today and in the remaining games to close the season, Barça has to seek to be, once and for all, a team without cracks or oscillations.

Another interesting point will fall on the left side. And João Cancelo's latest performances (in Girona they hurt his back again) mean that one of the possibilities is to look for alternatives in the position. Although Xavi has shown great confidence in him, it would not be ruled out that Héctor Fort could appear in the eleven in search of sending a message to the Portuguese and looking for a winger with movement but also defensive responsibility.

Today's match will be a perfect setting for players with good feet and quick minds. Because the rival is a team that presses high and without speculation. With which the premise of “he who jumps, he who escapes” will be fulfilled. From those days when the pressure of the rival opens the pass for you if you are quick at interpreting but suffocates you if you are not. That is why it is possible that the centre-back pairing tonight will be Íñigo Martínez and Cubarsí.

Real Sociedad is a daring team that does not place the team's block behind, but quite the opposite. Unless the rival sinks it near his goal. In fact, tied with Barça and Madrid with 31%, they are the second team in the championship that spends the most playing time in the final third of the field. That means spaces behind you. Some spaces that the forwards can attack but also the second line. And two players who are very good at it are Fermín and Raphinha. It will be good for them to look for those breaks in the direction of goal and for the team to look for them.

After three consecutive games without winning, Real Sociedad scored three again in the last game against Las Palmas. And he did it with certain movements of Imanol Alguacil on the team. For example, neither Take Kubo nor Barrenetxea (the two usual wingers) started. The one who was, was Mikel Oyarzabal. A player who is a football insurance because of his intelligence of movements, because of his quality in his left leg, because of his ascendancy in the team and because of his ability to be decisive. And, although this season he has lost his share of minutes (he has come off the bench in eight games), he is once again the Real Sociedad player with the most direct impact in the final third of the field. With nine goals and two assists, he is the txuriurdin's top scorer. Also highlight a semi-unknown like Sheraldo Becker. A young player who has not had much presence this season but who is now in very good shape and gaining weight in the offensive section. In the last four games, he has two goals and two assists.