Real Sociedad will host Atlético de Madrid at Anoeta on Sunday evening at 21:00 CEST.
Last weekend, Atlético de Madrid defeated Córdoba 4-2 in the Vicente Calderón while Real Sociedad lost to Málaga 0-1 in Anoeta. The txuri-urdin have only won once so far in this league campaign—a brilliant 4-2 win over Real Madrid in San Sebastian.
Real Sociedad are currently sitting 19th in the league with a measly total of six points. The Basque team has scored 10 goals so far while letting in 15. At this point last season, they had 13 points and were sitting in 9th place.
After the loss to Málaga last weekend, the club fired coach Arrasate. David Moyes is said to be the dream replacement for the Basque team, but so far nothing has been announced. However, Real Sociedad president, Apperibay, announced that a new coach will more than likely be announced on Monday.
In the meanwhile, interim manager, Asier Santana will fulfill duties as head coach during the match against Atlético de Madrid.
Santana is Real Sociedad B’s coach and he has been there for about a year and a half. With the academy team he averages a total of 1.33 points a match.
Rulli and Xabi Prieto are out injured for the clash against Atlético de Madrid, while promising defender, Iñigo Martínez is doubtful to perform due to a bruised gluteus.
On the other hand, Ansaldi has been cleared from his injury and there is currently no injured Atlético player.
The match will be especially important for Frenchman, Antoine Griezmann. Griezmann joined the Real Sociedad academy when he was 13 years old. The Frenchman stayed at the club until this past July when he signed for La Liga champions, Atlético de Madrid.
Griezmann has it all planned out—“If I score, I won’t celebrate,” said Atlético’s number seven.
Ex-Real Madrid player, Esteban Granero spoke some controversial words in regards to Griezmann’s move to Los Colchoneros.
“I don’t think that switching from Real Sociedad to Atlético is a huge switch in quality. Griezmann is a good player and we had fun with him while he played with us,” said the Spaniard.
“However, knowing his coach I doubt that he will play from the beginning, but we will have to wait and see. He took a decision thinking that leaving Real Sociedad to join Atlético is a jump in quality, but I don’t agree with him. I’ve played for Real Madrid, a team much bigger than Atlético de Madrid,” said Esteban Granero.
Assuming that all other top four rivals win, Atlético will have to defeat Real Sociedad in order to stay third—tied with Valencia and one point below Real Madrid.
Goalkeepers: Oblak and Moyá.
Defenders: Juanfran, Jesús Gámez, Godín, Miranda, Giménez, Ansaldi and Siqueira.
Midfielders: Tiago, Gabi, Mario Suárez, Saúl, Koke, Arda Turan, Cristian Rodríguez, Cerci and Raúl García.
Strikers: Raúl Jiménez, Griezmann and Mandzukic.