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Five key stats from Real Sociedad 1-6 Barcelona

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After Atletico Madrid maintained their lead on top of the table with a 1-0 win over Deportivo Alaves, all pressure was on Barcelona to continue their incredible run in the league with a visit to Anoeta, San Sebastian, to face Real Sociedad. On the occasion of Ronald Koeman’s birthday, the team rose to the task, and mauled La Real at their own ground to win 1-6.

In a game of incredible goals, Barça Universal brings to you the five stats that surrounded the incredible win yesternight.

Defence

Ronald Koeman’s men personally took it upon themselves to ruin Real Sociedad’s goal difference on the night, scoring four in 60 minutes and eventually finishing with six. It could have been even worse had Andre Barrenetxea not scored a belter in the 77th minute.

Midfield

Ilaix Moriba came on for Pedri with 22 minutes, plus added time to spare but made an immediate impact. Not only did he assist Ousmane Dembele for the fifth goal of the night, he was influential in the middle of the park, constantly coming up clutch.

Attack

All about one man on the night, it always is — Lionel Messi. The Argentine scored two on the night, and assisted Sergino Dest with a brilliant through ball, taking his tally to 16 goals and seven assists for 2021.

Messi has been absolutely unplayable since the turn of the year, steam-rolling over every opponent he faces. He has led Barcelona to a challenge in the La Liga, and if the Catalan giants to win a trophy this year, it will be, like always, in large part, courtesy to Leo.

Finally, the big one! Lionel Messi is not Barcelona’s undisputed top appearance maker, overtaking Xavi 767 appearances to reach this incredible milestone.

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