Arrasate: Real are the same

Jagoba Arrasate has dismissed talk of crisis at Real Sociedad and once more defended his team selection and attitude against Barcelona.

Midweek saw a much changed Real side easily outplayed away to Barca for a 4-1 defeat that has since drawn criticism.

“We went out there boldly, we had two good chances at the start,” Arrasate defended in today’s Press conference.

“But in their first attack it was very clear that we lacked forcefulness and we had no time to respond before they had scored their second.

“The criticism? Everyone has their say, but I do not pay much attention to it, whilst I think that we were brave at first, but there was a clear lack of firepower.

“But we did not throw the result, we played a good match, whilst we went out to win at the Camp Nou.

“The number of changes? We had a lot of injuries, but we cannot focus on the past.

“From game to game there is currently just three days, the competition is strong, we do not want to force anyone nor hurt anyone, but people see the need and some play with discomfort to try to help.”

La Real have a chance to make up for the Barca display when they host Sevilla this Saturday, a side who have struggled for consistency.

“They have been a bit of both [good and bad], they have been inconsistent. But they are working hard and play a lot with the ball and are dangerous, we will see what Sevilla we come across, we expect the best kind and so will have to be very aware if we want to win.

“I think that it is too early to talk of a crisis, but that does not divert any obligation at all, but more than an obligation is our desire to win and reverse this situation.

“Not a month ago were we at our best, nor are we at our worst now, we are the same, the Coach is the same and I am sure that we will return to our best soon.

“Tomorrow’s game is important as always, whilst coming into it on a bad run of form makes it seem more important, whilst we would take a major leap forward in the table.

“And we would be able to push more in games with the safeguards already in place.”

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