DONS boss Derek McInnes admits he will have to change tactics again if they hope to get the better of Real Sociedad at Pittodrie.
The Dons were forced to go with a more defensive set-up during their 2-0 Europe League defeat by the Spaniards in San Sebastian.
But with goals now a priority in Thursday’s second leg, McInnes will be looking at a formation designed to take the game to the Spaniards.
The Dons boss said: “We will be setting up in a manner that will ask more questions of them at Pittodrie.
“We made changes to our usual shape in Spain, because we knew they would play with a diamond formation we changed our shape.
“They had been using it right through the close season and it works well for them.
“They play with two strikers but no wingers, so we felt we could counter attack down the sides. I was confident we could get a lot of joy from Shay Logan and Jonny Hayes overlapping and taking the game to them.
“But that proved difficult because their rotation to get on the ball was incredible at times.
“Their strikers never stood still, they forced our defenders to make decisions and always kept them occupied.
“We will learn from all that happened in the first leg, though.
“Beating them to get through to the next round is a challenge but one we are willing to meet head on.”
Aberdeen are anticipating a full house at Pittodrie for the second leg.
McInnes said: “It’s encouraging that the fans seem to share the same belief I have in this team. We will do our best to make it an enjoyable night for them.”
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