Will ex-Barcelona star Eusebio Sacristan get one over his old club?

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Eusebio Sacristan returns to his old hunting ground at the end of the month.

The newly-installed manager of Real Sociedad heads back to a Camp Nou ground where he had many of his best moments as a professional.

As part of Johan Cruyff's 'Dream Team', you might expect Eusebio to be fondly remembered back in Catalonia, but that's far from the case.


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The reason mainly stems from a perceived failure with a Barcelona B side that have plummeted into the third tier of Spanish football.

Much of the blame has been laid at Eusebio's door.

Despite presiding over teams that included the likes of: Gerard Deulofeu, Adama Traore, Alejandro Grimaldo and Jean-Marie Dongou to name just four, the manager was unable to gel them together sufficiently to form anything like a cohesive unit.

Poor record

It is perhaps that failure which has not only led to an eventual relegation, but also to seeing many of the youngsters having to leave the club and ply their trade elsewhere.

Certainly his record as manager there doesn't stand up to scrutiny.

Against that backdrop, you have to ask why La Real might have been interested in his services.

David Moyes was relieved of his duties to make way for Sacristan but the latter is hardly the big name that fans of the club might've been expecting.

He has to hit the ground running and galvanise an under-performing squad, but his track record - albeit mainly in the Liga Adelante isn't great.

The plain fact is that the team doesn't score enough goals. They have remained scoreless in six La Liga fixtures already this season and for a team that wishes to be in and around the Europa League places as a minimum, that just isn't good enough.

Send off

Jonathas, brought in at significant cost from Elche, has been dismal thus far and one of Sacristan's first jobs will be to restore some confidence in him and the side in general.

After Barca's rout of Real Madrid in El Clasico, he certainly won't find an obliging opponent in Barcelona or Luis Enrique, the man who Sacristan took the reigns from at Barca B.

He also took the side to their highest ever finish, only missing out on promotion to La Liga because of the league's rules of not having two teams from the same club in the same league.

Barca will be heading into this fixture four points clear at the top of La Liga and Enrique will want to ensure a decent send off in the home games remaining before Barcelona head off to the Club World Cup.

Time needed

If Sacristan can pull off the unthinkable and derail Barca's progress - it was a loss to Sociedad last season that precipitated the Blaugrana's run to the treble - it would at least be a shot in the arm for the Basque club.

He'll need time to turn things around, but time is a precious commodity given La Real's fairly perilous league position.

Time will also tell if Eusebio is cut out to dine at Spanish football's top table rather than feeding on scraps.

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