The Real Sociedad has been one of the First teams most affected by the pandemic. And not only because of the high number of infected players since the preseason began, but because of the consequences of not being able to enjoy the company of their fans in the stands. The data are conclusive and establish that before confinement the Imanol
Sheriff It was practically unstoppable at home, with seven consecutive wins between the League and the Cup and is now the second worst First team with empty seats, among the 20 that last year played in the top flight. Anoeta has been another obvious victim of Covid-19.
There are many circumstances that have hurt La Real since LaLiga was resumed in June after three months of confinement, many reasons that explain its decline in terms of performance and results, but one of the indisputable is the absence of his fans in the stands. Thanks to the engine of the animation stand, the fusion between the fans and the team had reached such a dimension during the past season that Real was scary at home. Now he cannot be reliable in front of 39,500 empty seats and with the heartbreaking silence on game nights.
Those of Imanol They started the year losing to Villarreal in a strange game on Three Kings Eve; but then they successively beat Espanyol, Mallorca, Osasuna, Athletic, Mirandés, Valencia and Valladolid. Without bragging, without overdoing it, but showing extraordinary power. Until the coronavirus appeared and brought everyone home.
Since they allowed the dispute of matches in the de-escalation, but with empty stadiums, Real has only obtained one victory – and agonizing 2-1 against Espanyol with a comeback included – in seven games. The balance, which includes last weekend’s game against Real Madrid, is completed with three draws and three defeats, some of them as bloody as 2-3 in the last gasp against Granada. That victory against the parakeets is the only one that Real has obtained in 13 games after confinement. The statistic is to tremble.
28.5% of the points at home
The data is especially worrying at home, in the temple of Anoeta. Of the 20 teams that played in First Division last season, only Alavés had a worse percentage (22.2%) of points scored than Real (28.5%). There are other teams that have been affected much less, really nothing at all, the fact of not having their fans in front of them overturned: Real Madrid and Atlético have scored full of points in their fiefdom -in the case of the meringues also has been Valdebebas- during the pandemic.
La Real will try to straighten the course from next Saturday in Elche, a game after which it has two consecutive appointments in Anoeta to finally clean up its numbers at home, dazzling in the first two months of the year and regrettable in the new normal.