Real Sociedad are a good team on their day, but Koeman’s men are of superior quality across the field and that should make all the difference to Anoeta

Barcelona have their sights set on Atletico Madrid after advancing within four points of La Liga headers Diego Simeone’s side appeared to have the title a few weeks ago but they have stalled lately and have Barcelona and Real Madrid back into the race

In a strange way, the pressure is gone from Barca While Atletico are a less famous club with a smaller budget than the Catalans, they are expected to cross the finish line after opening a leadership position that Barcelona have at the moment bit between your teeth so you have to pull them back to beat Real Sociedad in Sunday’s late game

For a club that has spent most of the season in crisis, Barcelona have a good chance of winning a national doubles this season Ronald Koeman’s side recently made a 2-0 first-leg deficit over the Reach the final of the Copa del Rey Now they want to move up to first place in the league via Atletico Madrid Seven points behind Atletico, although Barcelona played two more games at the end of December, Barcelona are only four points behind the leaders There are eleven games left for each club

Ronald Koeman deserves credit for turning things around at Camp Nou There are still doubts about the Dutchman’s long-term suitability for the job but he did well to bring Barcelona back into the title interview grappling with presidential elections and almost constant rumors about Lionel Messi’s future, but Koeman has undoubtedly made Barca a stronger force now than at the beginning of the campaign

The Blaugrana were outstanding in the league throughout the calendar year. Of the 12 games in 2021, Barcelona won 11 and drew one. Even the 1-1 draw with Cadiz was a bit unfortunate Koeman’s squad was the better squad throughout the competition

Barcelona have tightened at the rear and have become much smarter in attack – no team in La Liga has found the net so often this season Barcelona, ​​unbeaten in the last 17 league games, are the clear favorites for the Triumph on Sunday

Atletico will try to avoid the fate of Real Sociedad, who are now fifth overall after sitting on the summit earlier this season, to do justice to the Basque side, they massively outperformed last year by they were at the head of the table, and in fifth place, most people expected to finish before kicking a ball

Even so, La Real will be a little disappointed that their top four chances are now hanging by a thread After losing 1-0 to Granada last time, they are nine points behind Sevilla and one more defeat this weekend could increase the deficit to 12 points That would surely put an end to Imanol Alguacil’s hopes of leading Real Sociedad into the Champions League Chances are he’s now focusing on qualifying for the Europa League


Real Sociedad were actually in pretty good shape before that setback against Granada.They were unbeaten in their last seven La Liga games, which included a draw with Real Madrid and comfortable wins against Alaves and Cadiz, where they combined eight goals scored

Alguacil will find confidence in their side’s home record – they haven’t lost at Anoeta since Atletico won 2-0 in late December – but Real Sociedad will know they are facing a tough test here

Barcelona may be eliminated from the Champions League earlier this month by Paris Saint-Germain but the club are currently optimistic Joan Laporta has now been confirmed as their new president and there is growing belief that Messi will end his contract in Catalonia over the The current campaign will also be extended. In addition, Koeman has got the team back to playing excellent football

Failure to win the title is always a disappointment for a Barcelona club, but a four point gap is very easy to overcome.The Blaugrana will be asking questions of Real Sociedad’s defense during this encounter as they averaged 2,666 goals per league game in 2021, the home team may not be able to answer them

Real Sociedad may have scored maybe four after Alaves and Cadiz lately, but Barcelona will be a much tougher nut to crack.The Catalan giants are pretty well organized these days having been without three in their last four games Conceding a goal They are unable to match the level of control that the teams managed by Pep Guardiola or Luis Enrique have, but Koeman’s Barcelona are still adept at knocking down away games through possession that could again on Sunday be the case

Barcelona are still a long way from dominating the European game, as they have at times over the last 15 years, but the La Liga title is within their grasp. A Real Sociedad team that has none this season who has beaten four teams above them in this table will struggle to withstand Barca’s attacking unit this weekend

Greg Lea is a freelance football journalist based out of London He is the past editor of The Set Pieces and has contributed to the Guardian, FourFourTwo and ESPN As a Crystal Palace fan he is a long-time subscriber who believes that participation matters

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