Real Sociedad will match up against Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League round of 16. Even though some will consider the capital club the favorite, the Spanish side could surprise some people.
While the first clash isn’t until Valentine’s Day, there’s already ongoing analysis for the upcoming tie. The latest to provide their take on the matchup is former Real Sociedad midfielder Asier Illarramendi.
Illarramendi recently spoke with MARCA, and the now-FC Dallas player offered his analysis. The 33-year-old remained neutral until the end with the praise of his former teammates.
“They are my friends, and I follow them,” Illarramendi told the Spanish media outlet. “From the outside, it is seen in a different way, and it is also valued differently. With the level they have shown in Europe, they have demonstrated that they are capable of anything. PSG has great players, but I think Real are a better team.”
Real Sociedad should be an opposition that PSG manager Luis Enrique should know, having spent time as Spain’s national team manager and scouting the team for potential players to call up.
Furthermore, no system or tactical plan from Spain should surprise Enrique. As a result, the Parisians have a golden opportunity to advance to the competition’s quarterfinals for the first time since 2021.