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Luis Enrique praises Real Sociedad’s defensive approach ahead of UCL clash

PSG boss Luis Enrique has praised Wednesday night’s Champions League opponents Real Sociedad as one of the tournament’s top teams.

The Parisians will continue their pursuit of an elusive Champions League title in the first leg of their last-16 tie at the Parc des Princes. Enrique declined to label his side as favorites for the matchup.

Enrique told a press conference: “Real Sociedad have a tight defence in the Champions League. They don’t give the ball away easily. We will have to press them aggressively.

“They are certainly one of the best teams in the competition. That is why they qualified as group winners.

“They were in a group with last year’s finalists. They are top level and I’m not going to get into whether we are favourites or not.

“My team has to show that on the pitch. That is where we do the talking.”

Sociedad remained undefeated as they topped Group D, finishing ahead of Inter Milan, who were defeated 1-0 by Manchester City in last season’s final in Istanbul.

The Spanish side won three matches and drew three in their six group matches, including victories over Benfica both at home and away. Enrique praised head coach Imanol Alguacil and his team for their performance.

“I hope it is not a decisive factor that he has been there six years and I have been here six months,” Enrique added. “I know the coach very well. He is a great coach.

“He is at home with a fantastic philosophy. They bring through many players themselves. They are well balanced. And They do well in the transfer market.

“They have been playing really good football during his six years there, and even before that, as there were other coaches who did a great job there.

“So he is reaping the fruits of the hard work by the club. I can only congratulate them. I hope they don’t play as well tomorrow and in the second leg.”

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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