Real Sociedad vs Atletico Madrid by Neuro
Real Sociedad celebrated on Wednesday night their qualification for the Champions League group stage as they won in the second leg over Lyon with the result 2:0, both goals scored by Vela (in 67th and 90th minute), while the aggregate score was nothing else than a 4:0 victory for the Spanish side.
For now, they will have to leave Champions League duties aside and focus on the championship, where they will chase the second home victory. Season was started with a 2:0 victory over Getafe at home, but continued with a 1:1 draw at Elche, although they could have get out with all three points, having most of the ball possession and overall, much better chances. However, given the fact that they were down in the scoreline from second minute and only equalized fourteen minutes before the full time whistle, they had to be satisfied with the draw too. Today, they will want another victory, while the coach said that they will be hosting the most in-form team in the league.
Left defender Jose Angel, central defender Mikel Gonzalez and strikers Diego Ifran and Imanol Agirretxe are all sidelined from the start of the season without participating a single minute. Coach Arrasate shouldn't change much in connection to match against Lyon, but may put much fresher Ruben Pardo on the place of defensive midfielder instead of David Zurutuza.
Atletico Madrid will search for the third consecutive victory in the league, coming from a Super Cup final match against Barcelona where they won many sympathies, but have lost the finals, only due to a away goal rule holding Barcelona to two draws.
In the second leg of the Super Cup finals, team of Diego Simeone mostly defended, but also lost two great opportunities to score the golden goal, leaving more than decent impression of themselves in those two games. However the coach was pleased with the performance of his players, saying that they are closer to Barcelona and Real Madrid every time they play against them. Coach Simeone is expected to field up the same squad, having no huge worries in front of the game. Central defender Martin Demichelis is finally recovered, but didn't travel with the team, instead will most likely sign for Manchester City, while his place will take young Belgium defender from Ajax Alderweireld.
Real Sociedad is always playing trying to attack as much as possible in front of their own fans. On the other side, Atletico also wants another victory and will surely reply the hosts properly. Both teams are coming for a victory and had no problems with offensive part early in the season, making both teams to score the smartest choice here.