FC Barcelona vs Real Sociedad: Match Preview

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The La Liga Santander title has been finalized and FC Barcelona have already marked their achievement of winning it for the 27th time. What next awaits the Catalans is a bout against 4th placed Real Sociedad, and the actual lifting of the La Liga title at home.

Match Details:

Date: Saturday, 20th May 2023

Competition: La Liga Santander

Matchday: 35

Time: 09:00 pm CET

Venue: Spotify Camp Nou

Match Overview:

La Liga champions of the 2022/2023 Spanish season FC Barcelona are set to face off against the visiting side of Real Sociedad, who are currently 4th in the league table and fighting to achieve their aspirations of playing in the UEFA Champions League next season by finishing this one in the top 4 of the table as they look to retain their position.

On one hand, Real Sociedad head into this game with real winning intent, as they consider a potential victory at Camp Nou to be one that could catapult their team’s spirit and boost their confidence heading into the final few games of the season.

On the other hand, FC Barcelona come into this matchup with the goal of celebrating the actual La Liga Santander title in front of their own home crowd as they are presented with the league trophy. Intensity from the Catalans would not otherwise be expected, but knowing the club’s competitive history and Xavi Hernandez’s drive for complete performances, Barcelona possibly will not back down without a proper fight.

In terms of form, the home side of Barcelona have 4 wins and 1 defeat out of their last 5 La Liga Santander outings. A strong record in itself, they have guaranteed themselves as league champions courtesy of their unwavering spirits especially in the final few games to ensure their victory over 2nd placed Real Madrid, who have also recently just been hammered out of the UEFA Champions League courtesy of a 4-0 demolition by Manchester City.

For Real Sociedad, form has similarly not been an issue. With 3 wins and 2 draws in their last 5 games of La Liga Santander, they have retained their hunger to finish this season strongly and do all that they must do to retain their position in the top 4 and guarantee Champions League football for themselves in the season coming up ahead.

FC Barcelona are set to compete in this game without 3 key players that are currently out injured and suspended, and have thus been removed from the official squad list announced for the game.

At this point of the season, while Real Sociedad continue to fight for their collective league goal, Barcelona are now more focused on breaking some records that have long withstood the test of many a great team, and yet the Catalans are ever so close on taking over.

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