Atlético Madrid have been drawn to play against UD Las Palmas in the last 16 of the Copa del Rey.
The rojiblancos will travel to Gran Canaria for their first match of 2017 on January 3/4 for the away leg, with the return at the Vicente Calderón a week later.
Atleti overcome Segunda B side Guijuelo in the last round by a 10-1 aggregate scoreline, and were the second team to come out of the hat in the ceremony held by the RFEF this morning.
Las Palmas on the other hand were 4-3 winners over SD Huesca, edging out the second tier side 2-1 in the second leg on Tuesday night.
The two teams met in La Liga just last week, Saúl Ñíguez’s second half golazo the difference in a close match in the Spanish capital. Atleti also won both meetings last season.
The Copa will provide some welcome respite for either side, both of whom are lower in the league then they will feel they should be but have the players and styles to succeed in knockout competition.
Former Atleti player Quique Setién has done a fine job with Las Palmas, and has had his name mentioned both as an eventual successor to Simeone and for the Spain national team job.
Elsewhere in the draw, Cholo and his team will be pleased to see that the rest of La Liga’s top 7 have all drawn each other in the last 16.
Barcelona face Athletic in a repeat of the 2015 final, whereas Real Madrid take on Jorge Sampaoli’s impressive Sevilla side and Villarreal are up against this year’s surprise side Real Sociedad.
There is also guaranteed to be one lower league team in the quarter-final, as the two remaining teams from Segunda – Alcorcón and Cordoba – face each other.
Las Palmas v Atlético
Alcorcón v Córdoba
Athletic v Barcelona
Real Madrid v Sevilla
Real Sociedad v Villarreal
Deportivo v Alavés
Valencia v Celta
Osasuna v Eibar