Real Sociedad vs Barcelona Scores: Uncanny final part with Birthday Kidd Lewandowski and super-sub Fati down La Real.
After a 0–0 draw in their La Liga opener, Barcelona were looking for a turnaround as they traveled to San Sebastian to take on Real Sociedad.
Robert Lewandowski won the opener by just 44 seconds into the match as the Birthday Boy was leading that rebound, but it looked awkward during the first 45 minutes on aggregate.
Barcelona appeared unconvinced in several areas, displaying major shortcomings as Real Sociedad took advantage of this and responded a few minutes later through Alexander Isaacs to equalize the score.
Real Sociedad missed after halftime and Barcelona’s deep bench turned the match in Xavi’s favour.
The Barcelona boss dipped into his deep bench and brought on young Anu Fati and the wide man made all the changes in the world after just five minutes to craft a pair of quickfire assists.
The final game-winner was caught by Ousmane Dembele before the hour mark while Fati provided in the second minute after Lewandowski.
Then, cherry on top as Lewandowski went from finisher to provider as he provided a surprising back-heel assist to Fati for 11 minutes in Barcelona’s fourth.
The win gives Barcelona four points from their first two matches and marks a significant improvement over the first match of the season.
Real Sociedad regretted the many missed opportunities in the first half as Takefusa Kubo and David Silva should have got bigger opportunities.
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Real Sociedad vs Barcelona Analysis
Barcelona have the depth and talent to win against any side .They may not be a perfectly built team, but Barcelona’s wealth of talent can change any game.
It came true today when Anu Fati came on for the invisible Ferran Torres and lifted Barcelona to victory.
Barcelona need to sort things out (more on that in a moment), but Xavi will know in no time that he can bring in brilliant and fresh talent to replace any poor performance.
Robert Lewandowski off the mark
He was vacated for 90 minutes in the opening match against Rayo Vallecano, but you can’t keep Robert Lewandowski down for long.
The Polish international made a mark on his 34th birthday in just 44 seconds into the match. His incredible ability shone in the second half as well, as he took a second from substitute Fati before delivering a surprise assist to feed Barcelona’s fourth.
Lewandowski is a star and on paper another year isn’t slowing him down yet.
Barcelona desperately need a right back
The biggest hole for Barcelona was the right-back where Ronald Araujo was given out of position for the second consecutive match.
A natural centre-back gives Araujo nothing to move forward, and has been sucked into the middle of the pitch on several occasions. It went straight to the Real Sociedad goal, while the hosts could get another courtesy due to Araujo’s positional errors.
Sergio Dest may not be a defensive magician but he has improved a lot in that department over the past 12 months and provides far more leads than Araujo.
Sadly, Xavi does not rate the American, despite the fact that there is no other natural right-back on the entire Barcelona roster. It’s a shocking decision on Xavi’s part, but it seems like there’s no way for Dest.
Solving the situational shortfall for Barcelona will either have to give way back to Dest or get Barcelona back into the transfer market which presents its own challenges financially.
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