Real Sociedad Coach Philippe Montanier says that the club’s 10 homegrown players fielded on Sunday evening were testament to the club’s hard work.
All but Alberto de la Bella in Real’s starting XI for their trip on Sunday to Espanyol were developed in the club’s youth academy.
“I am very happy to play with 10 players from the youth set-up, from the start we had nine players who were active with the team when in La Segunda too,” reflected Montanier to reporters, after his side’s 2-2 draw in Catalonia.
“This is the good work of La Real, the President, sporting director Loren and I would like to dedicate the achievement to all the technicians at the cantera. The starting line-up is a reward.”
The Frenchman then turned his attention to the performance in Week 29.
“We have not had a good first half and we went into the break 2-1 down. Cornella-El Prat is not an easy place to play at, it is difficult to get points here.
“We are satisfied with the one point and by the end we had done everything possible to win this game, we fought until the end and so I think that this is a good point.”
It is now just one defeat from the last 19 games played for La Real.
“It is true that we are still undefeated and that is good news. We are satisfied with this direction, but we came here to Espanyol to win, as always.
“We knew it would be difficult, but I liked the reaction in the second half.”