Barcelona vs Real Sociedad: how and where to watch - times, TV, online
All the information you need on how to watch Barcelona and Real Sociedad kick off their LaLiga 2020-21 campaigns at Camp Nou on Sunday 15 August.
The moment of truth for Barcelona has arrived as Ronald Koeman prepares to formulate a team sheet for a game at Camp Nou that for the first time since the 2004-05 season will not have the option of including the name Leo Messi. The departure of the Argentina captain for PSG has left a gaping hole in Koeman’s attack and reports suggest that the Dutchman has requested a new striker, a petition that has been turned down by the cash-strapped Barça board. Gerard Piqué agreed to a massive pay cut in order to allow Memphis Depay, Eric García and Rey Manaj to be registered under LaLiga’s new salary structure – the very mechanism that forced Messi to leave.
It is likely that Manaj, Barcelona B’s Albanian international, will end up being the extra forward Koeman is after this season with the club unable to fund any more arrivals. Sergio Agüero has been ruled out until October and Ansu Fati is still coming back from a long-term injury, leaving Koeman light up top before a ball has been kicked. Add to that the absence of first-choice keeper Marc-André ter Stegen and doubts over Frenkie de Jong’s fitness and it’s a bleak panorama for the Dutchman on Sunday against La Real, a game that subscibers in the US can watch on Fanatiz.
Real Sociedad seeking first win in 22 games at Camp Nou
A few seasons ago the visit of Real Sociedad would have been the last thing Koeman needed. The Basque side had become Barça’s bogey team for a spell of several years, racking up four consecutive wins at home and heading back to San Sebastián with a point in their pocket from Camp Nou as often as not. In recent times the tales have turned again in Barça’s favour, with eight wins and a draw in the last nine Liga encounters between the sides.
La Real have been extremely quiet in the market, bringing in Diego Rico and Mat Ryan from Bournemouth and Brighton respectively, but the visitors will be of the opinion that there has never been a better opportunity to pick up a first win at Camp Nou in 22 attempts.
What time does Barcelona vs Real Sociedad kick off?
The LaLiga 2020/21 matchday 1 clash between Barcelona and Real Sociedad at Camp Nou kicks off at the local time of 8pm (CEST).
US ET: 2pm
US PT: 11am
For everywhere else in the world, you can check here to see what time the Barcelona-Real Sociedad match gets underway.
Where can I watch Barcelona vs Real Sociedad?
If the Barcelona-Real Sociedad match is available in your country, you can check here to see what channels or platforms will be showing the game.
United Kingdom: LaLigaTV
Is the Barcelona vs Real Sociedad game available online?
Barcelona-Real Sociedad is available in most nations through the rights holders’ online platform, if they have one. The best option is to check who is showing the game in your country and if they have an online service or iOS/Android app to watch it on.
Barcelona vs Real Sociedad live on AS English
You can also follow our live text commentary here on AS English. We will be building up to the match an hour or so from kick-off before giving you a minute-by-minute account from Camp Nou as the action unfolds.