Crashing and burning are Real Sociedad’s aspirations of advancing from the Champions League group stage.
The Basque side left the pitch of BayArena mystified after a late winner from second half substitute Jens Hegeler.
Sociedad once again came up short losing their second consecutive match 2-1 to Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday.
Mexican striker Carlos Vela equalized from the penalty box but was not enough to help Sociedad remount. The night belonged to Leverkusen.
Sociedad has had a nightmare start to their Champions League campaign, losing first at home to Shakhtar Donetsk and then to Leverkusen. The road will only get tougher for Sociedad as they still have to visit the the Red Devils in the Theatre of Dreams.
Sociedad jumped into the competition with a stylish win over Lyon in the playoff round but since then is yet to impress. With a talented squad at its disposal it is hard to understand why Sociedad is struggling so much in the tournament.
What is certain is that their form in La Liga has dropped and may be a contributing factor to Sociedad’s lack of confidence in the Champions League. The Basque side sits 13th in the La Liga table with only 7 points in 7 games.
Sociedad needs to focus on their La Liga form first.
Improvements in the league will heightened their confidence in the Champions League. Taking on one hurdle at a time is the only way for Sociedad to bounce back. Producing positive results in simultaneous tornaments is difficult to do.
Squads like Bayern Munich and Barcelona have grown accustom to the chaos of the Europe. But a fairly inexperiance side like Sociedad doesnt know how to handle that pressure.
Last season Sociedad finished their La Liga campaign refurbished. They were full of life and tenacity. Sociedad kicked off their Champions League run looking like that same dangerous side. But it seems Sociedad’s inexperience in the tournament has got the best of them.
It has been about 10 years since Real Sociedad last played in the Champions League.
Unfortunately for Sociedad they have little time to recover as they visit Manchester in October. In a game that will truly test how far the Basque side will go in the competition.