Real Sociedad managed a stunning victory over reigning champions Atletico Madrid to boost their chances of getting away from the relegation zone.
The 2-1 win does not mean opening a gap between the teams in the relegation zone like Levante, but Sociedad will take a lot of confidence from this victory. It is also looking likely that former Manchester United and Everton manager David Moyes may be appointed as the new manager in the next few days. The bookmakers have cut the odds of the Scot becoming the next Real Sociedad manager.
For the moment, players like Carlos Vela are enjoying the victory over Atletico, who proved the last season that they are incredibly tough to beat. This was only the second defeat that they suffered this season, while it was also only the second win for Real Sociedad. Carlos Vela said after the match that these kind of games give a lot of motivation to the players who are concerned about the threat of relegation. He is hoping to use this victory and propel the club out of trouble. Since the international break occupies the fixture list until the next fortnight, there is a danger of Sociedad once again losing momentum. Vela hopes this is not the case.
“These are the kinds of games that motivate us, the situation we’re in, we had to take a step forward if we didn’t want to go into the international break with this bad feeling.It’s not a matter of the coach, the players have to believe and follow this line to keep working and see what happens. It’s all we have left,” said Vela.
Meanwhile, he also insisted that his has no problems with Atletico forwarder Mario Mandzukic with whom he was involved in a light scuffle during the match on Sunday.