Barcelona and Real Sociedad face in the first semifinal of the Spanish Soccer Super Cup. For the second season, they face each other in Final four, so the second “semi” will be played tomorrow, Thursday, January 14, between the current champion, the Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid, and Athletic Bilbao of Marcelino Garcia Toral.
The Super Cup has moved from Saudi Arabia to Andalusia, since this match will be played in Cordova. The Barca He starts as a favorite, in a meeting that he arrives at in a very good moment of form. After a very difficult start to the season, with the new project of Ronald Koeman and all the controversy surrounding the departure of Messi, the blaugrana team has added two great last weeks. In The league He has won four of the last five games to add 13 points out of 15 possible, since the only game in which he did not achieve the victory was against him Eibar at the Camp Nou (1-1).
They currently have 34 points in 18 games, although they are already clearly the highest-scoring team in the championship, with 37 goals. Leo Messi He already has 12 goals in the league season, so he is clearly plugged in in the last matches. However, he has not trained in the morning before the match and it will be necessary to see how far his muscular problems allow him to play.
In the League, the Catalans already occupy third place, only behind the Real Madrid (37 points) and Atlético de Madrid (41 points, but with 16 games played). For this meeting, it will be necessary to see if the Dutch coach chooses to dose efforts and give minutes to less common players. Ronald Araújo he was injured in the warm-up of the game he played Barça in the stadium of Los Cármenes against Granada, who thrashed forcefully (0-4).
In principle it should arrive to occupy the center of the rear, although Mingueza, Umtiti and Lenglet they can form the center of defense. He Barça has recovered many troops, although they are still injured Ansu Fati, Piqué and Sergio Roberto, who have long-lasting injuries.
The Real Society of Imanol Alguacil, for his part, he lives a few complicated weeks in the last league dates. The Donostiarras have only been able to win one game in the last eight league titles, who are already in fifth place in the standings with 30 points, but 19 games played.
The loss of Silva It is very important for the Basque team, but he returned a few weeks ago Mikel Oyarzabal. Neither will be Aritz elustondo, which leaves many doubts in defense. His place shall be occupied by Le Normand, that the defense improved somewhat in the second half of his last game against Sevilla, at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán (3-2 won the team of Nerve).
The San Sebastian coach chooses to give minutes to many players from Zubieta, so it is likely to rotate again. Yes, the Mikel Merino, Oyarzabal or Portu They seem essential to be able to surprise the Blaugrana.
In LaLiga Santander both teams have played in the stadium Camp Nou. Barcelona won 2-1, thanks to goals from Jordi Alba and Frenkie De Jong, in a match that was played ahead of the matchday 19, precisely to make room in the calendar to dispute the Spain Supercup.
When do you play Barcelona – Real Sociedad?
The game is played today, Wednesday 13 January, at 21.00 hours
Where to see Barcelona – Real Sociedad?
The encounter can be seen by the dial WE GO (8 and 45), platform dial Movistar Plus, which covers the Spain Supercup. You can follow all the information about the match live on the website of Sports world.