MADRID (Reuters) – Real Sociedad will know early in the New Year whether their goal of securing a lucrative berth in Europe for next season is viable, according to coach David Moyes.
The Basque club, who have been weakened by a need to cash in on a number of their best players in recent years, had a poor start to their La Liga campaign before stabilising under Moyes after he replaced the sacked Jagoba Arrasate last month.
When they return after the two-week winter break they host second-placed Barcelona at their Anoeta stadium in San Sebastian and the Scot said their first five or six matches in 2015 would be crucial to their chances of moving up the table from their current position of 14th.
Sociedad finished fourth in 2012-13 and qualified for the Champions League group stage, where they finished bottom of their pool.
Last season, they were seventh and secured a place in Europa League qualifying but were eliminated by Russian side FK Krasnodar.
“It is going to be difficult to get back into Europe, we all have to be clear about that,” Moyes said in an interview published in As sports daily on Tuesday.