It’s difficult to overestimate the importance of that triumph for Barcelona, who return to second place in LaLiga, six points sooner than Real Betis in fifth place and eight points sooner than Sociedad. The Blaugrana were made to pay within the last half, holding to their slim lead despite losing a variety of players to injury, with Sorloth missing the hosts’ two finest chances to draw level. Xavi’s club has now won five consecutive league away games.
If Real Sociedad had beaten Barcelona, they might have had a chance to join the race for the top four, but defeat means they will have to settle for a place in the Europa League. They are six points behind fourth-placed Atletico Madrid. If Real Sociedad had beaten Barcelona, they could have had an opportunity to hitch the race for the highest four. But defeat means they’ll accept an area within the Europa League. they’re six points behind fourth-placed Atletico Madrid.
A loss would be devastating for Xavi’s aspirations of leading the Catalan giants to Champions League qualification. But courageous efforts from Ter Stegen, Pique, Busquets, and De Jong led to a much-needed win. Real Sociedad might have easily equalized, but they kept running into Marc-Andre Stegen.
Barcelona start against Sociedad
Barcelona could have made a good start against Sociedad. Last night, who was Barcelona’s best goalkeeper? Sorloth blew one of La Real’s best chances, but Alexander came dangerously close. Shooting wide at the back post from Zaldua’s cross. Then, after being identified in the area by Adnan, they had to wait far too long.
After a strong start from Xavi Hernandez’s team, the blaugranas took the lead after just ten minutes. With a fantastic header just a meter from the goal line, Aubameyang outjumped his teammates and beat Remiro. Since his debut in the winter transfer window, the Gabonese have scored nine goals in La Liga, an astounding quantity.
On being name to Barcelona’s starting team for their La Liga encounter. Sergio Busquets moved up to third on the club’s all-time appearances list after his performance against Real Sociedad on Thursday. The 33-year-old went ahead of Andres Iniesta after making his 675th appearance for the Blaugrana at Anoeta Stadium.