The Basque side has not made a good start since the resumption, having drawn against Osasuna and losing to Alaves, but Imanol is sure that his players will open their form again.
It would be a tough game against Real Madrid
Real Madrid have won both of their games since LaLiga got back, and Real Sociedad boss Imanol Alguacil acknowledged that it would be hard for his team to beat Los Blancos on Sunday night. The Basque side has not made a good start since the resumption, having drawn against Osasuna and losing to Alaves, but Imanol is sure that his players will open their form again. “It doesn’t matter who plays, Real Madrid players are all top,” he said during a Saturday pre-match press conference: “If there are two teams that can win, even if they are not one hundred percent, its Real Madrid and Barcelona. However, we recently eliminated them in the Copa del Rey. If we re-open our form, we can resist them, even though they are now one of the teams that are in better shape.”
The team must play from the inside
Imanol has broken aspects of the game of La Real, which they must rediscover to bounce back. “I think the players deserve a vote of confidence for everything they did,” he added. “I’m clear: the only thing we have to do is restore our best form and have technical and collective accuracy. The team was able to defeat anyone except these two games. But we must play from the inside, find the free man, return to one-on-one. “If you lose those things and fights, then winning matches will cost a lot”. Real Sociedad eliminated Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey on the way to the finals. So Imanol believes that Los Blancos will seek revenge on Sunday.
“There will probably be more space, but Real have four defenders behind who are Ferraris, such as Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane and Ferland Mendy,” he said. “They will want to win, we eliminated them in the Copa, and we beat them here at the Reale Arena last year. But we will see if we can return to who we want to be, and if we win, it will certainly give us a chance ahead of the coming matches.”