Imanol: “Being able to beat Manchester United and being first is amazing”


The coach of Real Sociedad, Imanol Alguacil, assured that being in a position to beat Manchester United at the Reale Arena, on the last day of the Europa League group stage, and being able to be leaders is “the host” considering account the state of the squad and the historical level of the English.

“There are many fans who think that tomorrow we can win the game. That the team lacks what it lacks and that we are thinking that this team can beat Manchester and be first, is the host,” he acknowledged at a press conference.

After achieving the pass to the knockout rounds, the ultimate goal for the people from San Sebastian is to be first. “We played for first place and that’s what we want now that we’ve done what we’ve done. When the hype came out, we all agreed to go through the phase and we got to the last game winning everything, even at Old Trafford”, he celebrated.

“The night that we are going to live tomorrow no one takes away from us and the players have earned it. We are going to do everything possible to continue being first, we will have to make a ‘great match’ and score at least two goals, because Manchester is going to attack yes or yes. We have to go out psyched up to win because if we don’t, we won’t be able to finish and say we’re first, and that’s what we want”, he asked his players.

Also, he doesn’t want to look at United’s potential, as he didn’t before winning at Old Trafford. “If we think about all the virtues that they have, maybe tomorrow we will lose four. I have to think about that and give the players tools, like we did there, we showed that with a brave game we were able to win. It helps us go out with courage and also get together and withdraw and do it well,” he argued.

“Reale will be bursting at the seams and we have to go out and win the game. Then it can happen like against Betis, where we made two mistakes after a great game. But it’s clear that I’ve told the players that to win we’re going to have to score two goals and the intention is to go out to win and not to speculate”, he reiterated.

In this way they would be closer to achieving a historic night. “It will be a night to remember if we win, and that will mean being first. The most important thing is that we want to win tomorrow, against one of the best teams in Europe. The most important factor will be on the pitch and that’s where the players are at the moment They have made it ’10’. Let’s see if we end the group stage with a happy ending,” he concluded.