Eusebio: La Real must improve

Real Sociedad boss Eusebio Sacristan feels his team must show some improvement following this week’s friendly defeat to Bayer Leverkusen.

Furthermore, the former Celta Vigo and Barcelona B chief insists lessons must be learned from the 2-0 loss to the Bundesliga outfit at the Bay Arena.

“The game against Bayer made us realise that there is still a long road ahead of us,” Eusebio told El Diario Vasco.

“We were facing a great team and tried to play against them as we’ve played all pre-season, but perhaps we need another kind of approach.

“We wanted to stick with what has been working for us but that defeat has opened our eyes as there will be La Liga teams that demand different things from us, so we will need to adapt.

“It was clear to me we can improve a lot and this setback has shown there is more than one way to play.”

Eusebio was questioned about midfielder Esteban Granero, who appears to have no part in his plans for this season and was the only fit member of the Txuri-urdin squad who did not travel to Germany.

“I’ve spoken to all the players but I have to put together a squad and he knows what I want from him, as does everybody else,” he explained.

“My hope is that when the transfer market closes I have a group I feel confident about ahead of an exciting season.

“Right now, the players are clear about what I’ve asked of them. I want them to go into the opening game against Real Madrid in the best condition possible.”

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