David Moyes will hope to have enjoyed a winter break from La Liga, something he hasn't been used to in the Premier League.
Two weeks of relative bliss will soon be a distant memory as Barcelona come to town and Moyes faces the first real test of his Real Sociedad reign. The honeymoon period for the Scot is well and truly over.
To be fair to Moyes, ever since he strode confidently and purposefully into his opening press conference, things have gone well for him.
La Real have turned a corner
Take away the last 30 minutes at Villarreal and there has been a remarkable turnaround in San Sebastian. His first two games for example, a goalless draw at Deportivo La Coruna and a 3-0 win against Elche, were also the first time this season that La Real hadn't conceded.
Although there have been no further league wins, importantly there have been no losses either. Compare that to six losses in the eight games before his arrival. The nay sayers will point to Real now providing typical Moyes fare. Workmanlike and unspectacular.
However, if it keeps them in La Liga for another season after a frankly disastrous start, there are unlikely to be too many complaints.
Moyes to raid EPL loan market?
Let's not forget that the January transfer window is almost upon us, and it's a fairly safe bet that Moyes will raid the Premier League and pick up one or two loan signings. Adnan Januzaj is one name that has been mentioned in despatches, and a move for the youngster will suit all parties.
Januzaj burst onto the scene but has disappeared back into the Old Trafford shadows in the recent past, and first-team minutes will be manna from heaven for his development.
His enviable skill set will be perfect for La Liga and Manchester United will receive a much more mature player back in return come the summer. There will be others.
Barca's poor record at the Anoeta
Barcelona come to town on the back of a horrific recent record at the Anoeta Stadium and the same must give Moyes heart to spring another surprise against the Catalans. Not since 2007 have Barca left town with a win and in the last two visits, despite dominating proceedings, the Blaugrana still conceded three against the hosts, losing them both games.
Moyes has already stated a desire to follow in the footsteps of Terry Venables and Sir Bobby Robson and be revered for his work in Spain.
Beat Barcelona and "Mister" Moyes will be feted wherever he goes.
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