Despite Real Madrid getting kicked out of the Copa del Rey for fielding an ineligible player against Cadiz, Atlético has still managed to find themselves with a Madrid derby in the next round of the Spanish Cup.
Rayo Vallecano has been selected as Atleti’s round of 16 opponents, with the first leg scheduled to be played in Vallecas in the New Year. This is set for the 6th January, with the return leg a week later on the 13th.
It’ll be three Wednesdays in a row that Atleti face Vallecano, as the league match in Vallecas is set for the 30th December.
The last time these two teams met in the Copa del Rey was October 2001. A Gregorio Manzano-managed Rayo ran out 3-1 winners over Atleti at the Vicente Calderón.
Fernando Torres scored for Atleti, but it wasn’t enough to see los Rojiblancos, managed by Luis Aragonés, past the first round.
This isn’t the only derby in the last 16 – Espanyol was drawn to face Barcelona, whilst Real Betis will play Sevilla.
Rayo currently sit 18th in the league, with 14 points from their opening 15 games.
What do you make of our chances versus Rayo?