Three Barcelona defenders limp off in win over Real Sociedad
Injury

Three Barcelona defenders limp off in win over Real Sociedad

Barcelona are sweating over the fitness of three defenders who picked up knocks during 1-0 victory over Real Sociedad. 

Ronald Araujo, Gerard Pique, and Dani Alves were forced off with injuries on Thursday with Xavi admitting it was due to a change in playing style. 

"Because we have changed the style of play and I try to press high for 90 minutes and that hasn’t been done for a long time, we are suffering," he said after the match. 

"The pressure after losing the ball hasn’t been done for a long time and the physical fatigue is obvious. These players are not used to it but the effort is praiseworthy."

"Gerard [Pique’s effort] is spectacular. He endured with the team until the 80th minute, [Ronald] Araujo was looking at us from the 20th minute."

"Before, five months ago, we were playing in a mid-block and a low-block but I don’t want that. That’s why the players ended up melting. We should improve on a tactical, physical, and psychological level… It’s just that we are at the start of a project."

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the only goal in the 11th minute to help Barcelona move back to the second on the log. 

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