The battle for the first trophy on the Iberian Peninsula begins. Admittedly, not so important - the Spanish Super Cup, but an opportunity for the giants Real and Barcelona and the Basque clubs, Sociedad and Bilbao (finalists of the King's Cup last season) to start the year with a trophy.
Barcelona is rushing forward, and Real Sociedad is not playing well. After a weak start in the Primera, the Catalans played eight games without defeat (six wins, two draws), but what makes the fans happy the most is Lionel Messi, who is in a good shape again.
The Argentine has already reached 11 championship goals this season. He has been a scorer six times in the last five games and seems to have put aside stories of dissatisfaction and a desire to leave the club. In addition, he usually enjoys playing against the club from San Sebastian.
In 26 mutual matches, Messi "packed" 25 goals for Sociedad (he gave 16 and set up nine). With three tied victories in 2021, Barcelona broke through to a third place in the Primera, behind Madrid's rivals, with four points less than the leading Athletic, but even three games more.
Aiming for trophies
At Camp Nou, they are also aware that the title is difficult to achieve this season, so they will look to make up by winning as many other trophies as possible. The Super Cup is a great opportunity for them to start, and the battle for the first trophy on the Iberian Peninsula begins Real Sociedad was defeated 2: 1 in mid-December, although the guests took the lead in that game.
Even before going on half time, the result was 2:1, and it did not change in the continuation. In the last 11 games (nine in the Primera and two in the King's Cup), Barça has not been defeated by the Basque team.
Having in mind that Sociedad recorded only one victory in 12 games after a great start, it is clear who will be the favorite on the neutral field in Cordoba tonight (21.00). The team from the Basque broke the bad series on the last day of 2020 with a victory over Athletic Bilbao away (1: 0), but in 2021 they entered with a draw with Osasuna at home (1: 1) and a defeat by Sevilla at Sanchez Pishuan ).
The failures were followed by injuries of two experienced first-team players, David Silva and Nacho Monreal. The former player of Valencia and Manchester City will not be able to help the team against Barcelona, while Monreal is expected to take a place in the starting 11 again. Sociedad will be led by Mikel Oyarzabal.