Alexander Isak has not lost a game for Real Sociedad in any competition this season
Real Sociedad have not won a league title in 40 years but any talk suggesting that could change this season will not be entertained at the Basque club’s Zubieta training base. At least not yet.
La Real sit second in a wide-open La Liga after 14 games and have not lost since the opening day of the season against Barcelona. They have flirted with top spot but a goalless draw against Valencia allowed Real Madrid to take pole position. For now.
Alexander Isak is the exciting striker who is leading the line in San Sebastian – while also trying his best to keep La Real fans grounded.
“I don’t even see it as a fight for the title because for me it is so far ahead,” says Isak. “The fight for the title will begin in April.
“First place now doesn’t mean anything. The only thing that makes us happy is just winning games. That’s fun – it is not fun to be first place if you don’t end up there.”
La Real missed out on Champions League qualification last season but are well placed to reach the Europa League knockout stages and face Group B leaders Monaco on Thursday.
The club’s improvement in recent seasons has coincided with Isak’s growing influence in the team.
He scored nine goals in his first La Liga season as Real Sociedad finished sixth in 2019-20 and netted 17 times last term as the club took fifth, while also winning the delayed Copa del Rey final against Basque neighbours Athletic Bilbao.
This season the forward, who suffered a hamstring injury in September, has not been on the losing side in any of the 14 games he has played, scoring five times in all competitions.
“I have had two very good years not only on the pitch but also outside it,” he says. “I feel very good in this city, in this country and I am very happy to be here.”
The 22-year-old has been touted for big things since breaking into the AIK side aged 16, inevitably sparking comparisons with legendary countryman Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Isak sees himself as a different player to the Sweden icon but they talk a lot about positioning and movement while on international duty.
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