Silverware is back on the menu for a starved Barcelona when the Spanish Super Cup renews on Wednesday, but Real Sociedad stand between Ronald Koeman and a first final with the club.
Barca have won 13 Spanish Super Cups (two more than any other club) and contested the trophy on 23 occasions (seven more than any other club), but last season’s runners-up in La Liga travel to the Nuevo Arcangel in Cordoba with caution.
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Barcelona’s longer-than-usual wait for silverware could come to and end in the coming days. ESPN Deportes will broadcast their clash with Real Sociedad at 4 p.m. ET. You can live stream Spanish soccer on fuboTV.
How to Watch Real Sociedad vs. Barcelona
When: Wednesday, January 13
Where: Nuevo Arcangel, Cordoba, Spain
Time: 4:00 p.m. ET
TV: ESPN Deportes
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)
Messi made his Barca debut in 2004 and has been on hand for half of the club’s
Real Sociedad—who qualify for this match via a 2019-20 Copa del Rey final they have yet to play—won their only previous Spanish Super Cup appearance in 1982. Beating Real Madrid 4-3 in the Copa quarter finals last year served as a signal to the direction this team was heading:
Imanol Alguacil’s side have since lost their way, however, winning only one of their last 12 games across all competitions, including four defeats in the last six.
Camp Nou counterpart Koeman has seen Barcelona enjoy near-opposite form following a disastrous start to life at his old club. The Blaugrana are undefeated in eight games—their longest streak under the Dutchman—and capped a third straight league win on Saturday when Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann each bagged braces to beat Granada 4-0:
Super Cup triumphs, with seven to his name in total:
The 33-year-old will be more eager than most to avoid a repeat of 2020’s Super Cup campaign when he scored but couldn’t prevent a semi-final loss to Atletico Madrid. Griezmann will encounter another of his former clubs in Real Sociedad this time around, with a personal axe of his own to grind.
La Real have been boosted after AS (via Football Espana) reported defender Nacho Monreal will be fit for their semi, though David Silva and Artiz Elustondo won’t recover in time to feature. All three players missed the team’s 3-2 defeat at Sevilla on Saturday when both defenses looked porous early on:
Alguacil’s men can’t afford the same slow start against a Barcelona side that’s scored in the opening 15 minutes of their last two outings. Real Sociedad have, meanwhile, scored a single second-half goal in their last seven games to suggest they’ll need to make an impact early if they’re to have a hope of advancing.
The Spanish Super Cup will keep the four-team format that debuted in Saudi Arabia last year. The only difference being this year’s matchups take place more locally. The winner of this semi-final will face either Real Madrid or Athletic Bilbao in Seville on Sunday (Jan. 17) when one of two derbies could be on the cards.