With FC Barcelona set to take on Real Sociedad this Sunday, here's a few key points to keep in mind while watching the match tomorrow:
Survive the Anoeta
It's simple: winning 1-0 at Anoeta is a blowout. Sociedad is a really strong side when they play at home. Their fans are crazy, the team shows a lot more intensity, and big games like the one tomorrow give the players and crowd a boost of energy to get one more surpising win. The Anoeta has been a historically tough environment for Barça to deal with. If you combine that with Sociedad beating Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid at home, this should be by no means an easy task, therefore the Blaugrana should face the hosts with a sense of urgency. The key word is survive, both the fans and the opponents. Should be fun, but hard at the same time.
Who's the Best Manager?
David Moyes and Luis Enrique are two talented coaches facing tough situations. After reaching a great deal of success with Everton, Moyes was brought to Manchester United to continue the winning era of Sir Alex Ferguson. It didn't happen, and David got sacked at the end of last season. After a quick sabbatical, he went to Sociedad, and his start was promising after two strong wins, but since then, he has struggled. Moyes says he's ready for Barcelona, and he won't let the Blaugrana get out of Anoeta with a victory.
On the other side, Luis Enrique is still unproven as a coach. His big break has been at Barça, and he has done a good job in terms of results, though his playing style has not been at the historical level that marked the Blaugrana in previous years. He's still trying to find the best lineup and tactics, and the game against Sociedad is a big test. Two unproven yet famous managers will face off on Sunday, and the final result could give us a hint of who's the best between the two.
Will Carlos Vela Play?
The answer to that question will come only tomorrow, as the Mexican star has been dealing with some injuries. If he's able to play, he will be the major point of concern for Barça's defense, and Luis Enrique should adjust his defensive system to contain Vela if he dresses on Sunday. His stats (6 goals, 2 assists in 15 appearances) haven't been overwhelming, but his contributions can't be exactly measured by the numbers. His hustle and activity both on defense and offense make him a key component of Sociedad's game. If he's not on the pitch, Barça's chances of getting away with a win increase dramatically.
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