Atlético to play Las Palmas in Copa del Rey last 16

Trip to the Canary Islands beckons for the red and whites after new year

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.

Full draw

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


  • atleti10

    Well that couldn’t have gone better.

  • Koke

    Wow, what a great draw. I mean, Las Palmas are NO pushovers… they are actually a really great and underrated team imo and it won’t be an easy couple of games.

    What I am happy about is that Real and Barca will have really tough draws. No matter what happens, two of the tournament’s favorite teams besides us will be eliminated and moreover hopefully the extra hard games will help Barca and Madrid drop more points…

  • Zinni DUDU

    Moya; Vrsaljko, Savic, Godin, Filipe; Juanfran, Gabi, Saul, Koke; Griezmann and Gameiro. Thats the lineup cholo tested today for las palmas. To be honest I am sad seeing how Cholo is despritliy trying to do something in to a wrong way. Maybe Juanfran on the right worked against semi professional side, but if we lose against Las Palmas, it is only up to cholo and his fucking way of playing two ofensiv players with only one creative player. If he keeps doing this kind of things, he will for sure not our manager next year. To be honest it is not acceptable that he leaves every of our creative player with correa, gaitan and carrasco (our best player this season) on the bench. While Griezmann and Gameiro were more than horrific last games

  • Hannu

    I quess Vrsaljko is too good to be left on the bench so he have to play his trusted Juanfran as winger and leave our best player on the bench. Well that is just..No words..

  • AndersAT

    I don’t really believe that will be the lineup. Gabi, Juanfran, Koke is already overplayed as it is.

    I think players like Gaitan and Correa will start the game and perhaps Thomas as well.