Real Sociedad vs Shakhtar Donetsk by Isaiah
Sociedad starting their European adventure in the Champions League against Shakhtar and they must be used with games within a week if they want to have the least possible losses in the league. The first signs of disorientation seen already after the win over Getafe, where later they lost at home from Atletico and then drew away to Elche and Levante, with some mediocre performances.
Arrasate stated that Shakhtar has more more experience but they have more enthusiasm than them. The fact is that Arrasate is the youngest coach of this season's Champions League and he showed confidence in the abilities of his team so far. Right back Carlos Martínez is out injured, while defensive midfielder Gorka Elustondo left out of the squad too.
Carlos Vela against Levante played on top of the attack but now will return to its natural position on the right side, while Haris Seferovic will play on the top line. Striker Imanol Agirretxe is ready for the first time this season after injury and may give some alternatives solution to the attack.
Possible lineup (4-3-3) : Bravo - Estrada, Mikel González, Iñigo Martínez, De la Bella - Bergara, Xabi Prieto, Zurutuza - Vela, Seferovic, Griezmann.
Shkahtar although they lost Mkhitaryan to Dortmund and Fernandinho to Chelsea, will try to compete against big teams to their group. They signed Velez striker Facundo Ferreira who scored 16 goals in 22 games in Argentina and almost all the elite of Brazil with Nem Wellington from Fluminense, Fred from Internacional, Bernard from Atletico Mineiro and Fernando from Gremio.
The competition is very high now to their squad, as they already had lot of good attacking players, however they did not started well to their domestic league. They lost 3:1 against Dnipro before 25 days, and then they drew against Metalist Kharkiv and lost away to Karpaty this friday with the score of 3:2. So for the moment they have lost the reins from Metalist.
Possible lineup (4-4-2) : Pyatov - Srna, Kryvtsov, Rakitsky, Shevchuk - Stepanenko, Grechyshkin - Douglas, Alex, Taison - Luiz Adriano.
Ambitious Sociedad welcomes the Brazilian community of Shakhtar in a match that promises great show, good pace and plenty of goals. I expect both teams to confirm their reputation and their ability.