Moyes praises Real Sociedad

LONDON - David Moyes hailed Real Sociedad’s 1-0 defeat of Barcelona as his “happiest night” since joining the club last November.

The former Manchester United and Everton manager oversaw an heroic defensive effort from his players, who came under incredible pressure after holding on to a lead granted by Jordi Alba’s own goal in the second minute.

“It is the happiest night since I arrived in San Sebastian. We worked very hard. The players showed courage and defended incredibly,” said Moyes.

“This team has shown it is capable in the big games against the best teams in the league and now we must show the same capability to win the other games. At home, for example, we have let a lot of points slip away.”

La Real have now beaten Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid and Barcelona at home this season, yet they still sit in a disappointing 13th place in the league.

“We defended well tonight and that is what we have to do in all the games, but in other games when we don’t have to defend so much we also have to pass the ball and attack better.”

Moyes admitted that his side benefitted from Luis Enrique’s decision to rest both Neymar and Lionel Messi.

“The best players can’t always play at their best level in every match,” he said. “The biggest games for Barcelona are still to come and in that sense I think Luis Enrique made the right decision. I was hoping this would happen, that some of their most important players wouldn’t start, and we were prepared for that.”

Barcelona’s defeat meant the club failed to take advantage of Real Madrid’s 2-1 loss at Valencia. Had they won they would have gone top.

“I thought it was better not to risk [Neymar and Lionel Messi] and we will never know if things would have been different if I had made a different decision,” said Luis Enrique.

“I can only remember the goal and then us dominating. There weren’t that many chances, but I think we deserved more. We didn’t have the luck or the clarity we needed in front of goal.” – The Guardian

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