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Sociedad president learns lessons from exit

By Football News

Real Sociedad president Jokin Aperribay is certain his club have learned lessons from their winless UEFA Champions League group campaign.

The San Sebastian-based outfit earned their place in the competition thanks to a fourth-place finish in La Liga last season, but they struggled in Group A after getting past Lyon in the qualification play-off.

They managed to collect only one point from their six group-stage matches, a draw at home to Manchester United, while they were defeated in their other five fixtures.

A win over Bayer Leverkusen in their final match on Tuesday would have been nothing more than a consolation and although they suffered a 1-0 reverse courtesy of Omer Toprak's 49th-minute goal, Aperribay believes that they have still learned a lot.

"We hope to be back (in this tournament soon)," he said. "We hadn't played in it for 10 years before this season.

"Just a short time ago we were in the second division. We've learned a lot (from the Champions League).

"The experience we've had will be good. We are growing and we have a clear philosophy at the club."