Examination time in the Royal

The defeat in Cornellá was the sad and deserved epilogue to a season marked by its irregularity. They will train until Wednesday, and then vacation.


La Real Sociedad will not play in Europe next season. He has not won it. Neither during the current course, nor on the last day, in which he was not able to take advantage of the opportunity offered in Seville. Ni that knew, or could, do. It was the sad, but deserved, epilogue to a campaign that has ended up being frustrating and disappointing at the same time. I had to end like this. It is not what we would have liked everyone, but really this Real so irregular and so unreliable did not deserve another final.

Although it hurts to say it, would have been quite unfair that the Real reached the seventh place in the last day and took the pedrea of the season. Because its course has been at all times below the expectations created by the most expensive staff in the history of the entity txuri-urdin, with nothing more and nothing less than 100 million euros budget. The strategic decisions that mark a season failed, the signings did not yield to the expected level and all this was joined the bad year in the new Anoeta. You put everything in a shaker and you get the final result: ninth in the league, three points from seventh place , in a championship in which entering Europe has been more feasible than seasons back.

First error to avoid: the bench . Everything began twisted with the election of Asier Garitano, a coach who seemed of consensus, but who was neither the president's candidate, nor the Football Director, and in which he trusted with a small mouth. And tan small was the mouth that the first option that had to destitute him, he was sent to the street. And all his project, sincere and solid, to change things in Zubieta, came down too early, when he needed a while of maturation. Imanol Sheriff was called again to put out another fire, and has fulfilled, but has not prevented the irregularity of a template that has surrendered below its potential. Now he has a contract, and the key is to continue with the full confidence of the entire club. Otherwise it would repeat the same error as a year ago. Second mistake to avoid: the signings. No one can deny that in general they liked the assignments of Theo Hernández and Sandro Ramírez. Two young players, but contrasted in First. But their assignments had a risk that has been paid dearly. To begin with, the price was exaggerated, more so if you consider what they have contributed afterwards. And then their performance has been way below the bet that was made by both. Both have finished the season without playing. Olabe must measure much better the steps that it gives with these operations, and be aware that the signings from outside must arrive to contribute what there is not in the template, nor in Zubieta. And pay attention to the coach at the time of signing. Sandro was neither extreme nor center forward. I did not have an easy fit in this template, with the way to play. And Garitano a year ago asked for an end. He was ignored And that can not happen again.

From there, it will be necessary to measure well each step that is given. Because a summer is coming without excessive movements, but a lot of draft. Like the arrival of Remiro that will move the tree of the goal in which they are Rulli and Moyá. Or the one of the defense, with la arrival of the young Sagnan. Or the striker, with the departure of Juanmi, that proves a goal that does not spare this Real. Olabe also has the complicated situation of managing the future of the nine players from the youth team that have debuted this season in Primera. Because they mark the future, but all have no place in the first team, and many are already for more battles to play in Segunda B. The future starts today for a Real who will still train until Wednesday. After already vacations and do exam awareness. But deep, please.



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