Real Sociedad have not won a title in 40 years, but the club completely refuses to even think about a potential championship. For now – for sure. Especially after two defeats in the last two rounds.
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La Real have dropped to 5th place in the league, but their gap from second place is minimal. In short, the struggle is not over. Even the lag behind Real Madrid, which picked up the move, does not look catastrophic (10 points – editor’s note).
Alexander Isak, the club’s strongest striker, is also keen to avoid talking about a potential league win.
“I don’t consider it a title battle because it’s too far. The battle for the title begins in April. Now the first place does not mean anything, and we are just happy to win. It’s fun to win – but being on the first is fun only if no one throws you off from there.”
Real Sociedad were unable to advance to the Champions League last season, but they have a chance to make it to the Europa League playoffs.
The progress of the team is related to the progress of his striker Isak. The Swede scored nine goals in his first season, while Sociedad reached sixth place. Last season, he had 17 goals, and the club finished fifth and won the Spanish Cup.
The striker, injured in September this season, has never lost in his first 14 games and has scored five times.
“I have had a successful two years, not only on the pitch, but also off the pitch. I like the city and the country, and I am happy to play here.”
The 22-year-old striker has always been considered the future star. When he made his way to the base of the AIK at the age of 16, they immediately began to compare him with Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He himself believes that he bears little resemblance to Zlatan, but in the national team they spend a lot of time together, discussing positional play and movement during attacks. And although his time at Borussia did not lead to anything, he has already found a new home for himself.
“Football in this country is the way I like it, and the club really believes in me. Spanish football is good for me because I love touching the ball and combining with my teammates. In Spain, they devote more time to playing with the ball, and technique is at the head of everything.”
La Real continue to focus on homegrown players – their Subieta academy is well respected. Another tactic is not to overpay for strong players. In addition to Isak, the club also acquired David Silva, the star of Manchester City, who did not cost the Spaniards anything. And Isak was only happy to learn from such a legend.
“His level did not surprise me – we just expected this from him. It is very important to see his professional approach to business, his ease of communication. He is always ready to share knowledge. “
Norwegian striker Alexander Serlot was loaned from RB Leipzig and his arrival also helped Isak. He also agrees that Silva helps everyone.
“He is an example to follow. His ethics, calmness on the ball. He plays like he has a ton of time. He’s always hungry.”
But the key to success is not only the players, but also the coach. According to Serlot, he was impressed by Imanol Alguasil.