Alguacil urges Sociedad improvement

10 January 2021 05:00:12 GMTPlus11

Real Sociedad manager Imanol Alguacil has called on his team to rediscover the form they showed earlier in the season following their 3-2 defeat to Sevilla in La Liga.

Basque outfit Real Sociedad were the Spanish top-flight's early pacesetters this season, winning seven of their opening ten games and were in serious contention for a Champions League berth and maybe more.

But a run of four defeats in their last six games has seen them drop out of the top four and the latest loss to Champions League hopefuls Sevilla will come as a massive blow.

In a chaotic opening 14 minutes at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, Youssef En-Nesyri fired twice for Sevilla either side of a Diego Carlos own goal before Alexander Isak equalised for Real Sociedad to make it 2-2.

En-Nesyri then fired a third for Sevilla after Lucas Ocampos ripped through the away side's rearguard and the hosts held on for maximum points and their fourth win in five games across all competitions.

And Alguacil has urged his team to improve, criticising their defensive performance in the defeat.

Speaking after the game, Alguacil said: "We are always candidates to win the next game, nothing more. When there are five days left - we will see why we fight.

"If the team had scored four goals, nothing would have happened, but what we cannot do is concede what we have conceded.

"We have to return to the level of before and be effective, above all when we are better than the rival and we create more."

Meanwhile, Sevilla are back in action on Tuesday and are 4.10 to beat Atletico Madrid, who are 2.05 to win with the draw 3.10.

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