Turin exile today marks the way to Manchester

Real Sociedad, without Carlos Fernández, host a homeless United at Juventus Stadium of the caliber of Pogba, Cavani and Van de Beek.


The Royal Society stops in Turin to travel to Manchester and advance to the round of 16 of the Europa League (follow the match live on AS.com). The consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, given the impossibility for the Red Devils to enter San Sebastián due to the restrictions of the Spanish Government, will cause the surreal situation of the Real having to play at the Juventus Stadium in Turin at home, which makes this first leg of the round of 32 of the Europa League in a mystery. It is impossible to know how the Real will behave in this situation, with only fifteen minutes time to recognize the scene, because they have not done any training on the turin football pitch. Be that as it may, the first chapter of this historic tie is written in an exceptional way on Italian soil, from where you have to leave alive to go to the United Kingdom in a week.

The difference, especially economic, between the two entities invites us to think that the Real is facing an almost impossible mission, taking into account that neither of the two parties are disputed on their land. Nothing helps, of course. But in San Sebastián there is optimism and a lot of faith in this team led by Imanol Alguacil, who with everything they have lived through this season, has earned the right to look a whole Manchester United in the face. And then whatever has to happen happens. The first objective will be to get out of exile in Turin alive. And then it will be time to finish the job at Old Trafford. But you have to go in parts. And this Real must fear no one.

However, no one can escape the fact that Manchester United has awakened since this crossing was known, to the point that it has placed second in the Premier League, trying to fight for the leadership to its neighbor City. They are major words, there is no doubt. But is that the Red Devils have a squad full of illustrious names that make the shins of any European squad tremble. But it will arrive in Turin somewhat weakened, with sensitive casualties that raise the level of hope. To say that Pogba, Cavani and Van de Beek will not be able to play against Real are major words. Although then they are not lacking in the bottom of the wardrobe, starting with the Spanish De Gea and Mata, who are making headlines. Although what gives us hope is the potential with which Real faces this game. Except for Carlos Fernández, injured at the last minute, Imanol can play in Italy with everything, because the infirmary has given him a truce in recent weeks. Being able to count on Silva, Oyarzabal, Illarramendi, Monreal, Merino, Isak, Januzaj and Elustondo is a guarantee of success. See if it translates into a good result. Because Turin leads the way to Manchester.

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