MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid will likely be keen to bury recollections of one in all their most embarrassing defeats in current years once they face third-tier Alcoyano for the second yr working in the final 32 of the Copa del Rey on Wednesday.
Twelve months after being humiliated 2-1 by the low-budget group that hails from a small city shut to Alicante, Real will return to the El Collao stadium for a re-match that may happen in entrance of a full home of 4,850 followers. Last yr followers have been barred from witnessing Alcoyano’s giant-killing victory due to the restrictions that have been in place to cease the unfold of COVID-19.
“If we did it as soon as, we will do it once more,” Alcoyano captain Juli Cerda informed a information convention.
“We know that we’ll see a Real with damage emotions and there will likely be no shock issue like final yr. They in all probability did be taught their lesson however this time we may have our followers and they’re going to face a very completely different atmosphere.”
Coach Carlo Ancelotti’s closing line-up has but to be determined after he confirmed Vinicius Jr, Ferland Mendy, Thibaut Courtois, Luka Modric and Karim Benzema won’t make the journey down south.
Champions Barcelona will journey to Andalucia to face one other third-tier group, Linares Deportivo.
Xavi Hernandez’s group beat Mallorca 1-0 on Sunday regardless of lacking 14 gamers due to COVID-19, accidents and suspensions — and he’ll as soon as once more have to depend on a depleted squad to hold alive their title defence.
Xavi had hoped Pedri would have the ability to make his comeback following an extended damage layoff however these plans have had to be placed on ice after the 19-year-old midfielder examined constructive for COVID-19.
He is the 14th Barcelona participant to take a look at constructive in current days.
“It’s a sophisticated activity to go at a small stadium, in a single sport elimination match,” Xavi informed a press convention. “Every yr we see first-tier groups being eradicated. We have to watch out. We are the champions and wish to repeat.”
On Thursday, Atletico will face third-tier neighbours Rayo Majadahonda in their very own 68,000-capacity Wanda Metropolitano stadium though they’d been drawn to play away.
However, Majadahonda requested the Spanish Federation to change the sport to an even bigger area as they often host their matches at Atletico’s coaching amenities, which has a capability of round 3,500.
Current Spanish laws state that venues with over 5,000 capability may be solely 75% full in order to management the unfold of COVID-19.
(Reporting by Fernando Kallas, enhancing by Pritha Sarkar)