Madrid vs. Barcelona & Sociedad vs. Atletico on Super Sunday

Barcelona continues to face just another test since entering their post – Messi era when Real Madrid makes a trip to Camp Nou on an action-packed Super Sunday that also features a match-up between the Spanish League leader and the defending champion of the Spanish League.

Barcelona vs. Real Madrid

The very first clásico since Lionel Messi left Barcelona, who was bankrupt, for Paris Saint – Germain will unavoidably overshadow an equivalently alluring match between Real Sociedad and Atlético Madrid. The Basque Country side with its sleek attacking style is leading the league, while the previous champion possesses the deepest attack in the landscape.

The guest appearance by Madrid will close a 3 – game home stretch for Barca that the head coach of Barcelona, Ronald Koeman, described as a crucial match in order to get his club back on the winning track after such a poor start to the season which left him under intense scrutiny and pressure to turn things around.

Barcelona’s side began the week easily taking down Valencia with a final score of 3 to 1 in the league. It followed that performance up by defeating Dynamo Kyiv with a score of 1 – 0 last Wednesday which soared Barca’s chances of escaping elimination from the Champions League’s group stage for the very 1st time in approximately 20 – years.

Koeman was heavily critical of his club for a lack luster performance against a timid and scared lesser opponent in Dynamo. Barcelona’s defender Gerard Pique scored their only goal throughout 3 Champions League contests so far this season, and Barcelona’s offensive attack continued to hopefully sputter.

Messi and his counterpart, Antoine Griezmann, which the technically bankrupt Barcelona sent back to Atlético on loan this past summer in order to save his salary. He had combined for 58 of Barca’s 122 total goals the previous season.

Newcomer to Barcelona, Memphis Depay, leads his squad this season with 4 – goals, but no other player has contributed more than 2 goals. Compared to Madrid, who has got 11 – goals from superstar footballer, Karim Benzema, as well as 7 more from Vinícius Júnior.

Real Sociedad vs. Atlético Madrid

Atlético’s star midfielder, Marcos Llorente, will be forced to miss the upcoming Sociedad match this Sunday because of injury. Although, Diego Simeone should have his pick of Griezmann, Luis Suárez, João Félix, Yannick Carrasco, Ángel Correa, as well as Thomas Lemar to strike up front.

Atlético currently trails Real Sociedad by just 3 – points, and they possess an extra game in hand in these standings. Simeone’s club lost to Liverpool 3 to 2 earlier this week, but they had previously defeated Barca as well as AC Milan too.

Since losing their season opener, Real Sociedad has gone unbeaten in 10 consecutive matches across all competitions and leagues. They visit Austria’s Sturm Graz in the Europa League late Thursday as well. Sociedad will be led up front on offense by Aleksander Isak with Spain’s big-time striker Mikel Oyarzabal being injured at the moment.

Media Statements

“I can understand why our fans are upset because I am upset also,” Barcelona’s head coach Ronald Koeman expressed.We have to be more efficient in scoring. It is the responsibility of our attacking players.”

“We have to remember he has been out a long time injured. And besides, he has yet to turn 19,” Koeman goes on to say. We cannot ask him to solve all our problems and fill the gap left by Messi. We have to go step by step and not ask him to perform miracles.”

(Vinícius) has improved greatly and is having a really good start to the season. He’s got quality and is clinical in front of goal,” the head coach and football manager of Real Madrid Carlo Ancelotti remarked to the sports media world following last Tuesday’s win. “This win gives us confidence, but the game against Barcelona is a different match and it’ll be a different story.”

Source:

Wilson, Joseph. “Barcelona hosts Madrid, Sociedad at Atlético on super Sunday”. The Associated Press. October 20, 2021.

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