FC Barcelona – Real Sociedad (Copa del Rey)
FC Barcelona and Real Sociedad are playing at Camp Nou, Barcelona on Thursday in a tie for the second leg of the quarterfinals of the King’s Cup. FC Barcelona have returned to their good form and come here confident and in Advantage in the tie, having triumphed in Anoeta in the first leg of the race, and arriving here with the players moralized after thrashing at Eibar’s home for the championship. Already Real Sociedad responded in the best way to the home snub of the first hand and was redeemed with a triumph in the reception to Celta de Vigo, for La Liga.
FC Barcelona come here with the status of a two-time championship title in this King’s Cup, and they are already well on their way to winning again after they have managed to win a victory in the first leg of these quarterfinals, 0-1, in the difficult redoubt of Real Sociedad. The Catalans have been well below what they have accustomed us in recent years, having already lost some points that were given as certain, but are still showing signs of who is rising again income, proof of this was the return to the rout in the Final day of the Spanish championship, where they thrashed 0-4 with the trio MSN to billiards with a goal for each element.
In addition to being one of the teams with the highest individual and collective quality, Luis Enrique’s training now counts on the home factor and consequent support from his supporters, where he won 8 of the 12 matches he played in all national competitions, losing only 1 , While it has a record of 36 goals scored and 8 goals conceded. Apart from the home factor and being on the rise, Barça has again the powerful offensive trident to get in the shafts and this will surely make yours in this meeting, where it is expected that the Césés will control most of the meeting, Imposing its rhythm of game and dominating the possession of ball within the Basque midfield.
In his last 5 official matches, Barcelona have a record of 4 wins and 1 draw. This sequence of results began with a 1-1 draw at Villarreal. There followed a 3-1 win at Athletic Bilbao in the King’s Cup match, a 5-0 home win at Las Palmas, a 0-1 victory at Real Sociedad in Game to count for the King’s Cup, and on the last round, a 0-4 victory on Eibar’s ground. Rafinha and Busquets are out, both injured.
Probable team FC Barcelona: Cillessen – Vidal, Umtiti, Piqué and Alba – Denis Suárez, Rakitic and André Gomes – Messi, Suárez and Neymar.
King’s Cup Real Sociedad, meanwhile, after taking Valladolid and Villarreal out of their way in the previous qualifiers, will come here at a disadvantage on the undercard after succumbing to a home defeat at the hands of this powerful Barcelona, although this was for the Advantage of 0-1. So far, this has been one of the best campaigns of La Real in the Spanish league, having in the last round of the Spanish championship took advantage of the best form the draw of Atletico Madrid and climbed the table to the 4th place, although count now with the same 34 points that the Colchoneros, and with 6 less than this 3rd classified Barcelona.
This training led by Eusebio Sacristán has managed to obtain some interesting results away from home in the national competitions, winning 6 of the 11 matches that played as a visitor, losing 4, and has a record of 19 goals scored and 15 goals conceded. The Basques need to enter here with maximum strength and seek to nullify the handicap suffered in the first leg, however, they still have a meeting of great importance on Sunday, where they will travel to the home of Real Madrid, finding themselves in a situation where they can not Lose points in the league so that they can maintain their current position in the table.
In their last 5 official matches, Real Sociedad has a record of 2 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses. This sequence of results started with a 0-4 defeat at the Sevilla reception. They were followed by a 1-1 draw at Villarreal’s side in the King’s Cup match, a 0-2 victory at Malaga, a 0-1 defeat at Barcelona’s home game For the King’s Cup, and in the last round, a 1-0 win at the Celta de Vigo reception. Carlos Martinez, Mikel Gonzalez, Bergara, Agirretxe and Zaldúa are out, all injured.
Probable team Real Sociedad: Rulli – Elustondo, Navas, Martínez and Yuri – Prieto, Granero and Zurutuza – Vela, José and Oyarzabal.