Barcelona will play Real Sociedad on Wednesday night in their Copa del Rey semifinal first leg. The Catalan side will be hoping to put aside their Spanish La Liga woes today and claim a good first leg lead to take on the road for the return leg. The game will start at 4 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream (details below).
Barcelona come into this game in some difficulty – they lost 2-3 to Valencia on Saturday, which was their first defeat for two months. That allowed rivals Atletico Madrid to go top of the La Liga table following their 4-0 win over Real Sociedad.
Losing a grip of the top of the table will be of grave concern to Barcelona supporters and they will hope the team can get back on track with a solid display and win today.
Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino has said that he recognizes the need to get back on track quickly. He said, "It is true that crises always have a beginning so it is up to us to cut it short. We have it within our power to ensure this does not go any further."
He also said, "Forty-five minutes of bad play is not enough to rule out Barca."
A number of key players were missing from their weekend defeat. Club captain Carles Puyol, defender Martin Montoya, winger Ibrahim Afellay and forward Isaac Cuenca, were missing, however, they have been named in the squad for today's big game.
Real Sociedad may struggle against a wounded Barcelona side today, who will surely be looking to make a point today. Sociedad are currently sixth in the La Liga, however, they have lost their last 16 games against Barcelona at the Nou Camp, revealing the massive challenge they face if they are even to steal a draw today.
Barcelona will play Real Sociedad from the Nou Camp with a kick off time of 4 p.m. ET and the game can be watched online through free live stream by clicking here.