Atlético to face Eibar in Copa del Rey quarter-final

Rojiblancos paired with Basque side in last 8 of the Spanish cup

Eibar stand in the way of Atleti and a semi-final place

Eibar stand in the way of Atleti and a semi-final place

Atlético Madrid have been drawn to play against Eibar in the quarter-final of the Copa del Rey.

The first leg will take place at the Vicente Calderón next week, with the return at the Estadio Municipal de Ipurúa the following Wednesday 25th January.

Despite letting in two late goals in their last 16 second leg against Las Palmas on Wednesday, Atleti just about came through on to take their place in this morning’s draw.

The red and whites were the fifth name out of the hat, and despite avoiding Real Madrid and Barcelona, they can expect a tough match against the Basque side especially with the second leg away from home.

Eibar are enjoying another good season in the top flight, and are playing in a Copa quarter-final for the first time in their history after overcoming Osasuna and Sporting in the previous rounds.

Since their promotion in 2014 they have played Atlético five times, losing all five. However, they gave a good account of themselves against Cholo’s men last week, dominating most of the match and creating a good number of chances.

Atleti won 2-0, but if not for some questionable refereeing decisions and poor finishing from the home side at Ipurúa the result could’ve been a lot different.

Both teams will feel that they have a good chance of making the semi-finals, and given their counter-attacking, intense styles of play, we should be for two entertaining matches across the two legs.

Elsewhere, Barcelona will be looking for their first win at Anoeta in over a decade against Real Sociedad, and Real Madrid have been paired with Celta Vigo – who knocked Atleti out at this stage last year.

One of Alavés and Alcorcón will also be in the semi-final as they were drawn against one another. Dates and kick-off times for all the ties will be announced shortly.

Full draw
Real Sociedad vs. Barcelona
Alavés vs. Alcorcón
Atlético vs. Eibar
Real Madrid vs. Celta Vigo

  • iamfaried

    Fair draw for us. It could’ve been a lot worse. However as Billy noted, it won’t be a guaranteed pass to the semis.

    Seeing Simeone’s strong lineups in el copa, he is taking it seriously. I believe that’s down to the fact that he doesn’t consider us title contenders, while the UCL is a tough and unpredictable challenge. Our easiest route for silverware is through el copa. Though nothing is guaranteed.

    He should field the following for the home game vs Eibar:

    Moya – Vrsa Josema Godin Filipe – Carrasco Gabi Koke Gaitan – Gameiro Grizzi.

    I think this is our strongest lineup at the moment, with regards to availability, form and injuries.

  • Gol

    Don’t forget the B-team. Aboubacar Sidiki in central midfield?

  • Karlp

    nice draw, will be a hard battle though.

    OOT – never thought the stadium’s naming right turns out as one of the biggest currently (according to Marca).
    City’s Etihad 11m/year, us 10m/year, bayern’s allianz 6m/year, veltins 5.5/year, emirates 4.4m/year, signal iduna 4m/year.
    I know the others’ deal were signed sometimes ago, when sponsorship money hasn’t inflated like now. But, still, impressive.