‘La Real confident for Basque derby’

Xabi Prieto believes Real Sociedad are going into Sunday’s Basque derby with Athletic Bilbao in good humour.

La Real have won their three previous games and veteran Prieto pointed to that as the reason for what he sees is a positive atmosphere among the squad.

“The team arrives on a very good line, having added nine points from nine, which gives us confidence and morale,” he said, Marca reports.

“The team’s been able to do things better and get higher [in the table]. We’ve only just started and we’ve got a game we see as special in the derby which we want to continue in our good run.

“I’m among those who think the derby favours the team playing at home, because of the crowd, which is key. Athletic are a very competitive team and have Aritz Aduriz, who has been at a spectacular level for a few years.

“But if we’re focused and play our game, with courage, we can get the victory.”

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