Man United win made Sociedad tough, says Barca's Jordi Alba

Man United win made Sociedad tough, says Barca's Jordi Alba

Javier Howell
April 23, 2019

They could be crowned champions as early as Wednesday if they beat Alaves away on Tuesday and 24 hours later second-place Atletico Madrid lose to Valencia.

The hosts took a one-goal lead to the interval courtesy of a Clement Lenglet header from an Ousmane Dembele corner on the cusp of half-time, just a matter of minutes after Juanmi and Willian Jose had passed up gilt-edge opportunities to open the scoring.

"Last year they reached the final".

Without even taking into account how Atletico Madrid do in their upcoming games, Barça know that if they win their two matches in the coming days they will wrap up the league title.

It was revealed that the Spanish champions were forced to back down on their interest in Rashford after they were quoted £150m for his transfer.

The plan is to subsidise tickets for own fans travelling to the Nou Camp, the Premier League club have said.

Earlier, Atletico Madrid had needed Thomas Lemar to come off the bench and find an 85th-minute victor against Eibar as they stretched their lead over Real Madrid to seven points.

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Barca were slow to get going against a Sociedad side who defended impressively, with the only chances in the opening half an hour two Lionel Messi free-kicks - the first straight into the wall and the second narrowly over the bar.

Diego Simeone's men - without suspended forwards Antoine Griezmann and Diego Costa - left it late but took the three points thanks to substitute Thomas Lemar's close-range finish in the 85th minute.

"Today was a bit of struggle because we were coming into the game on the back of a huge effort [in their Champions League quarterfinals win over Manchester United] but we continued on the same path", Alba said.

"It reminded me of when I did it to the fourth official and they banned me for four games", Simeone said.

"We want to win La Liga, whenever that may be and we'll see if we can get that done".

Bottom duo Rayo Vallecano and Huesca shared the points from a goalless draw which does little to aid either's hopes of survival.

Earier on Saturday Celta Vigo moved out of the bottom three with a 2-1 win over Girona. Portu equalised for Girona but Sofiane Boufal got the victor on 69 minutes.