Copa del Rey: Who are CE L’Hospitalet?

Arthur Guisasola looks at our opponents in the round of 32

CE L'Hospitalet fans (pic: VAVEL)

CE L'Hospitalet fans (pic: VAVEL)

Following the disaster draw in the Copa del Rey, which saw Atleti end up with a path to the final that may include both Barca and Real, Atlético de Madrid will face CE L’Hospitalet on Wednesday, December 3 at 20:00 CEST in the round of 32.

The team will travel the short distance to Catalonia to play in the Estadi La Feixa Llarga, which holds 6,740 fans. L’Hospitalet is a city only a few minutes from Barcelona and is notable for its large immigrant population

The team was quick to show their excitement for playing against Atlético de Madrid.

“The players and technical staff have received the news of playing Atlético de Madrid with great happiness, since the Madrid based team is a big historic team in Spain, the current Spanish champions and one of the best in Europe,” said the team’s press release.

The team has already prepared ticket sales for a modest price of 20 euros for the general public. Any CE L’Hospitalet academy player will have a free ticket as well as boys and girls under 8 years old. Therefore, it is to be expected that the stadium will be filled with children of all ages.

In case any Colchonero wishes to make the trip, CE L’Hospitalet will will post more information on how to purchase tickets on their website in the upcoming days.

CE L’Hospitalet currently plays in Segunda divisón B, the actual Spanish third division. They are currently in 11th place in their group, two points above relegation and four from promotion. They have won three matches, drawn two and lost four so far in the league.

They have scored 10 goals while conceding 10 as well. Their biggest loss was against Valencia B, losing 4-1. However, they quickly recovered from the defeat by beating Alcoyano 3-0. Three goals are the most they have scored in a match so far in the season.

They scored three goals as well while facing Izarra in the qualifying rounds of the Copa del Rey too, and the game ended 3-2.

Kiko Ramirez has been coaching the team since October 2013. So far he has managed the team in 39 matches; he averages 1.9 points a match. He has a 50% win rate with the team and only a 19% loss rate. 31% of L’Hospitalet matches under him have ended in draws.

CE L’Hospitalet boasts a 22-man-squad and all the players are Spaniards. 27-year-old Rubén Carreras is the heart of their midfield; the midfielder has played every match so far this season.

They play in a 4-3-3 formation, with the veteran Carlos Craviotto in goal; Aleix Coch, Agustín Fernández, Valentín Merchán and Peque in the defense; Rubén Carreras, Rubén Alcaraz and José Ángel Bueno in the midfield and David Haro, Canario and Nano up top.

The 24-year-old David Haro is their top-goal scorer. The Spanish forward has scored a total of four goals so far. His partners up top are the 19-year-old Nano and 24-year-old Canario. Between the three of them, they have seven goals.

The midfield is composed of three players: Rubén Carreras, Rubén Alcaraz and José Angel Bueno. Youngster Rubén Alcaraz has played all nine matches so far and has scored two goals.

The team put up a fight a few years back when they played FC Barcelona in the Copa del Rey, losing 1-0 at home to a wonder strike by Iniesta. However, the tide changed in the Camp Nou, where the team lost 9-0 and ended up being eliminated with a 10-0 aggregate score.

Atlético can expect a disciplined side in the Estadi La Feixa Llarga and should look to settle the draw as quickly as possible.