After missing out on automatic promotion to the top flight on the final match day of the season, Real Sociedad saved the many heartbreaks as they took their opportunity and won the playoff games against Rangers in Semifinal and Leipzig in the final (both through penalty shoot-outs) and secured promotion to the Division 1 for the first time after being relegated into Division 2 couple of seasons ago.
TRANSFER WINDOW SO FAR
Although the team is all set with squad depth, the Spanish club is still trying to improve the quality and make them contenders against big names in Div 1. So far, we have seen two players Malcolm Ebiowei and Charles De Ketelaere joining the club while fine prospect Gianluca Scamacca is on his way out to make space for a Right Winger. The signing of Ebiowei shows the club’s emphasis on building for the future rather than for short-term success. In the coming days, we may see a few more incomings and outgoings, as they say, there’s always room for improvement no matter what.
Italian manager Attilio Bonnici has attracted interest from Top 100 clubs after his successful stint with the Sociedad and just like his former club, he too gained promotion from Top 120 to Top 100 which is considered a big achievement in SM worlds, so we wish him luck. The new face, Tharanidharan is set to take over the reins and has already marked his stamp by signing 2 young players within days after joining, which shows his involvement and preparedness. The Indian coach is an engaging fun-loving character who does not hesitate to take risks and bold decisions for the betterment of the team. His tactics are yet unknown but sure he’ll have ample time and friendlies to decide on a playing style suited to the current set of players.
Football is a team game and everyone on the pitch has to perform to get the desired result. But in critical moments, individual brilliance wins the games more often than not. In terms of that, Tammy Abraham is one of those key players who will lead the team up-front and will play a major role in every goal they score. While Lovro Majer is expected to take up the creative role and will form the core of the team.
WHAT WOULD BE SUCCESS?
For Real Sociedad, success is not simply making it to this stage. They are an ambitious club and won’t be content with simply making up the numbers. For now, there can be no higher objective than securing another season in the top flight and as history speaks, greater rewards are there for teams who are bold enough to take risks and play the right way. RSO will back themselves to do just that.
PREDICTED FIRST XI LINE-UP