Favourable draw for Atlético in Copa del Rey

Real Jaén first opponent for Rojiblancos in domestic cup

Atletico Madrid's Diego Simeone wins the Copa del Rey

Diego Simeone after winning the
Copa del Rey with Atlético in 1996

Atlético Madrid will take on Real Jaén in the first round of the Copa del Rey in which teams from the Liga BBVA are also included.

The Andalusians are 1 of 31 teams we will need to beat if we want to lift the King’s Cup on the 18th of May.

Real Jaén, who featured in Spain’s top flight three times during the ’50s, are currently in second position in the Segunda División B.

They will host Atleti on the 31st of October at the Nuevo Estadio de La Victoria de Jaén. Four weeks later the return leg will be played at the Vicente Calderón.

It will be a chance for Diego Simeone to bring the cup back to the Manzanares. Atlético, runners-up two years ago, haven’t won the tournament since 1996, when Cholo and his team-mates beat Barcelona 1-0 through a single goal by Milinko Pantic in extra time.

Last season, during Simeone’s first campaign in charge, the Colchoneros were already knocked out before the Argentine took over. With Gregorio Manzano still at the helm we were defeated twice by Albacete and eliminated after just a single round.

This year the RFEF decided to complete the entire draw for cup, which means we already know Atlético will avoid Athletic Club, Barcelona, Málaga, Real Madrid and Valencia until the final – granted we make it that far – as all five of these contenders are on the other side of the bracket.

Before Atleti get that far, we would have to beat either Ponferradina or Getafe over two games in the middle of December.

Next up would be the team that makes it out of the Racing/Las Palmas vs. Rayo Vallecano and Valladolid vs. Betis ties.

You can find a full diagram of this year’s Copa del Rey draw here.

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