Xabi Alonso’s Real Sociedad B had a remarkable staging in the silver category. Because the victory by the minimum against Leganés shows that the words of the Toulouse coach in the previous one were a firm declaration of intentions. “We do not set limits.” No sooner said than done. This Sanse is not kidding. Among other things because he has a forward who wants to eat the world. His name is Jon Karrikaburu, he is from Elizondo and has the soul of a ‘panzer’. The goal is in his blood. I had it in lower categories. He has it in his debut in Second. And he will always have it. It’s a rough diamond. And the first victory of the realistic subsidiary this season bears his signature. A movement within the area at the height of the great forwards of First. A goal turning on itself that decided a very even game against Leganés, who showed his face, was not far from the tie, but he has work ahead if he really wants to be that candidate that we all assume can be to ascend to First.
This is how Xabi Alonso’s debut on a professional bench can be defined, with a Real B in his image and likeness, with the ball as his maximum ally, but also knowing how to suffer when Leganés squeezed. Asier Garitano wanted to mature the game to go for the three points after the break, also taking advantage of his bench, despite the fact that he is still missing important pieces. But he was met by a replying Sanse. The ‘foals’ did not wrinkle neither before the stage, nor the context, nor the rival. And they came out bossy, without the ball burning them, they played face to face against an opponent who last season was third in Second. They wanted to be faithful to the style of their coach, and although it was difficult for them to string together dangerous plays in the first half, the reality is that the best approaches had a txuri-urdin stamp, with two shots from Karrikaburu and another from Dani Garrido from the front.
Leganés was taking the measure of the game as the minutes passed and managed to equalize the forces before the break. The game looked like it was going to open in the second half. The pepineros came out of the changing rooms with another intention, and Real B had a little more trouble having the ball. But then a good combination came down the left wing. Arambarri gave a great deep pass to Cristo Romero and the Malaga side on loan stepped on the baseline to serve Karrikaburu with the option of becoming the hero of Sanse’s return to Second. Elizondo’s ‘panzer’ did not fail and after a faulty control, he turned between a tangle of legs to lodge the ball in the back of Riesgo’s goal, close to the strain of his right post. A subtle hit, very difficult for Deba’s goal. Leganés stretched after assuming that he had to risk. The shock lasted five minutes. Those that Sabin Merino took to have two occasions that could well have served to tie. His shots went up. Naim also tested Zubiaurre, who stopped his individual action in two times. And in between, again Cristo Romero, who left very good details in his txuri-urdin premiere, put a great center for Javi Marton to close the triumph of Sanse. This time Riesgo stood out with a paradon. Leganés pressed at the end, but the realistic subsidiary showed that they know how to play, but also suffer. And he will need a lot of that for more victories like this to come, the first of his return to Second. These foals are serious.