Those from Barcelona suffered a severe setback against Cádiz that left them almost without options to fight for the title, but now they s
Those from Barcelona suffered a severe setback against Cádiz that left them almost without options to fight for the title, but now they see their second place in the competition threatened by Sevilla and Atlético de Madrid.
The three teams accumulate 60 units, but the Catalans have a better goal difference, an aspect that gives them the benefit of a tiebreaker, so a victory in this match would distance them three points from both rivals.
In statements prior to the match, the culé coach, Xavi Hernández, stated: “We played a final against a direct rival, it is our reality, three weeks ago we got excited about the League and that is far from us, now we are going for second place and ensure a place in the Champions League next season”.
For his part, Imanol Alguacil, coach of Real Sociedad, had words of praise for his Barcelona counterpart.
“I think he has won eight, drawn two and lost one, he has changed to Barcelona, until very recently we were saying that, if Madrid were neglected, they would be ready”, he commented.
In the first leg between the two teams, the Catalan team won by four goals to two, so this Thursday’s match could be the revenge of the locals who still do not have their best player, Mikel Oyarzabal, out for the rest of the season due to injury.
Three other matches will take place this Thursday, when Sevilla visits Levante, Athletic Club de Bilbao visits Cádiz and Espanyol hosts Rayo Vallecano.