Arrasate admits La Real slump

Real Sociedad boss Jagoba Arrasate has admitted his team has struggled lately but feels wins in the next two games would breed confidence.

However, the Basques face extremely tough tests with a visit to Valencia in La Liga and a Champions League group game against Manchester United, although Arrasate believes it is a chance to put things right.

“We are aware we are on a bad run and it’s clear that if we have gone so many games without a win then we are doing things badly, or not doing some things as well.

“In the dressing room we’ve found it difficult to put our finger on it, but we’ve analysed it.

“Both Mestalla and Old Trafford are places where if we won it would give us a lot of confidence.

“We understand we need to do things right and continue with that so we can fix what we are doing wrong,” explained Arrasate on being interviewed by Marca.

Asked if the priority this season was La Liga or the Champions League, he was in no doubt.

“La Liga is the most important thing because that’s what allows you to continue in the top flight and whether or not you play in Europe, but it’s true that the Champions League is a dream for both the players and supporters.

“As I said, La Liga is the most important thing but we still want to put up a good show in the Champions League.”

Having not tasted victory since a 2-0 win over Getafe on the opening day of the season, Arrasate is aware the pressure is mounting and revealed he had tried to get away from football during the international break.

“I went with my wife and daughter to a small village in Navarre, lost in the mountains, and it was a perfect week because we got away from everything and enjoyed ourselves.

“Even so, I wasn’t completely cut off from football as I always like to look out for the results in Segunda B and La Tercera.”

The 35-year-old says he will now lock himself in almost every day at the club’s training ground to try and arrest the slide.

“Last year we also put in many hours and this year, as the responsibility is greater, we need to do more, particularly since things are not going so well,” he concluded.

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