Admittedly, I think most of our enthusiasm has waned on this season. I still haven’t fully recovered from our Champions League crash and then drop in form in La Liga. But things still matter. We have, by no means, guaranteed Champions League play next year. And, in case you’ve been living in a cave, that is a pretty big deal. We’re just five points up on Villareal. That is, of course, a pretty solid lead with three games left. But if we lose today and they pull of a win against Barca, then I would start to be very nervous about 4th especially with a trip to Madrid looming. On the other side, if we win, as we damn well should, and Villareal fail to beat Barca, then we’ve clinched fourth. All of that makes this match pretty damn big for us.
Unfortunately, its also a pretty big match for Sociedad who sit in 7th just 1 point back of sixth. Of course, if Barca beat Alaves in the Copa del Rey final, 7th will be good enough for La Real to qualify for Europa, but they would presumably like to avoid the play in matches if possible.
I really don’t have much more to add. I think most of us are pissed at Sampaoli and more or less ready to get on with, yet another, tumultuous off season. So, I’ll just stop rambling now. Unfortunatly, I can’t watch the game today, but please fill up the comments so I relive it through you all.
Here’s the team list. Most notable is the inclusion of old friend Michael Krohn-Dehli. Would love to see him get some minutes today or in the final match against Granada to appreciate his arduous recovery from a gruesome injury at the end of last season.
Team: Sergio Rico, Lenglet, Kranevitter, Krohn-Dehli, Iborra, Nasri, Ben Yedder, David Soria, Nzonzi, Jovetic, Sarabia, Escudero, Ganso, Vitolo, Nico Pareja, Franco Vázquez, Rami, and Mercado.