Real Sociedad Proved  themselves as one of the toughest away fixtures in the league with a jam-packed Anoeta ready to hammer down the confidence of the best teams. 

Barcelona made that trip today, hoping to register their first win of the season.

Xavi lined up his team a very unorthodox manner, using Frenkie de Jong and one of Gavi and Pedri as the double pivot. 

The Spanish duo rotated duties between themselves, while Ferran Torres started behind.

Robert Lewandowski bagged the opener just 44 seconds into the match as the birthday boy looked to lead that rebound, but on the whole it looked awkward through the first 45 minutes. Barcelona appeared disjointed in a number of areas, displaying key deficiencies that Real Sociedad took advantage of and responded just minutes later via Alexander Isak to level the score.

Alexander Isak levelled six minutes later when his shot looped in.

Ousmane Dembele’s low drive made it 2-1, Lewandowski side-footed in a third and Ansu Fati calmly added a fourth.

Lewandowski joined Barca in the summer in a £42m deal from Bayern, where he only had one year left on his contract, while another of their new signings, Brazil’s ex-Leeds United forward Raphinha, came on as a second-half substitute.

However, Barcelona were unable to field France central defender Jules Kounde as he has still not been registered because of financial reasons following his transfer from Sevilla at the end of July.


Barca are fifth in La Liga and play Manchester City in a friendly on Wednesday, with their next competitive game against Valladolid at the Nou Camp on Sunday.


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