Spanish side Real Sociedad will join Manchester United in the Champions League group stage after defeating French side Lyon 2-0 in the away leg playoff in San Sebastian.
Two goals by Mexican striker Carlos Vela sealed Lyons fate and catapulted Sociedad to the next round of the Champions League. There they have been drawn into group A with Manchester United, Bayer Leverkusen, and Shakhtar Donetsk.
Sociedad’s bright showing against Lyon through out the two legs proves the Spanish side will intensify the group stage. Sociedad has been emanating great confidence in their style of play, but stiffer competition in the next round will truly test their quality.
Lyon is no pushover either, but Sociedad surpassed the French side quite easily in the playoff.
Sociedad will bring energy and attacking football to the Champions league. A style of play that just might catch some teams by surprise. They might even shock United.
Nonetheless, a fresh team thrown into the mix will open up the competition. With French player Antoine Griezmann building in confidence along side Swiss teammate Haris Seferovich, Sociedad are looking hungry for success. Not to mention Vela is playing stellar football. They just might spoil the campaign of one of the favorites.
Sociedad will go in to the group stage with the advantage of having absolutely nothing to lose. Being the under dogs they will play free of pressure. Something that teams like Bayern Munich, Manchester United, and Barcelona cant do.
Sociedad has been missing from the European tournament for a couple of years now.
Ironically, Sociedad’s last Champions League campaign came to an end back in the 2003/2004 season at the hands of Lyon in the round of 16. With a little retribution in their pockets Sociedad will hope to continue their run of success. Not just in the Champions League but in La Liga as well.
Sociedad has been playing attractive football and the Champions League only highlights the squad’s growth. Last season was a tremendous season for Sociedad booking that very important spot in the Champion league that allows them to now show case their talents now on a bigger stage.
Sociedad looks a very bright squad but unfortunately it is only a matter of time before big clubs start pawing for players. Leaving Sociedad depleted of its talent. Thus, Sociedad must not waste its efforts this season as this season could very well be its last with the talented gems they hold.