The Uruguayan realises that his charges have a wonderful opportunity to beat Barcelona but is wary that they can rotate with great players who can fill the voidReal Sociedad coach Martin Lasarte is bullish over his team's chances ahead of their match against Barcelona tonight. The 50-year-old asserts that his team will have to be at their best as Barca can rotate to bring in other great players ahead of the second-leg of the Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid.
With Barcelona having a huge game on Tuesday night and boasting an eight point cushion at the top of the league, the Blaugrana will feel they can rest some of their star players. Asked about his team's chances against Pep Guardiola's men, the former River Plate coach told Spanish publication AS: ''Why can we not [win the match]? We have a nice reason to try as we have the advantage. It would be great to win as it would boost our chances to survive in the Spanish top flight and give us an important push toward salvation."
The ex-defender pointed to the example set by Sporting Gijon who, only a few weeks ago, pulled off a shock 1-0 win against Real Madrid in the Santiago Bernabeu.
''As you all know, [it] is a very difficult game. We must make every effort, as did the Sporting, which is a nice precedent. If we can play with [that] intensity, order, passion, desire, brash and offensive aggression, we can put [Barcelona] in a bind,'' he affirmed.
Despite the Blaugrana competing in the Champions League semi-finals, Lasarte knows all too well that they will rotate and put out players capable of picking up all three points.
''This [match] may no longer be momentarily important for the club, because on Tuesday [they] have 90 minutes to reach a Champions League final. But they [Barcelona] will not come here to stroll and eat a steak. [They] may rotate and have so many good players in the end it is not noticed.''
Despite being in 12th position in the Primera Division, Real Sociedad lie just three points off the drop zone. Meanwhile Barcelona have an eight point lead over Real Madrid, who trail way back in second.
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