FC Barcelona are in desperate need of a result tonight, as they bid to silence their critics with a win in their Copa del Rey semi-final first-leg clash with Real Sociedad at the Camp Nou. A shock 3-2 home loss against Valencia on Saturday has not only seen Atletico Madrid leapfrog the Blaugrana, but it has also prompted Gerardo Martino's critics to emerge from the woodwork, claiming that the Argentine is ill-equipped for the job.
There's no one quite like Barça fans at overreacting to even the slightest sign of trouble after all. I mean what does it matter that Barcelona are unbeaten against both Atletico and Real Madrid this season? What does it really matter that we've been defensively impeccable in all our showdowns with those two clubs -- we lost against Valencia! Thus, people are predicting apocalyptic losses against Real Madrid (even though they have been utterly mediocre in every match with a "top" club this season), Atletico Madrid (who failed to beat us in each of their previous three meetings, despite injuries etc.) and against Manchester City (who lost against Chelsea on Monday and continued to display a lengthy list of problems that Barça are well placed to exploit).
But that's beside the point according to some. Oh well; let's see if this terrible, broken Barcelona side can take a step towards the Copa del Rey final tonight. Predict the score of tonight's meeting between FC Barcelona and Real Sociedad by commenting with your prediction below. Best of luck!