In last season’s campaign we took on Marbella, Recreativo, Celta and Racing on our way to the final of the Copa del Rey, but this year’s draw is much more difficult.
Atlético are on the tougher side of the draw, where Real Madrid could be waiting in the quarter-finals. That is of course, if we manage to overcome Espanyol, our next opponent.
The matches with Espanyol are on 22 December and 5 January, with the first leg being played at the Vicente Calderón.
From then on all cup games will be played weekly on Wednesdays, which means we could play two extra Madrilenian derbies on 12 and 19 January.
If we beat both Espanyol and Real Madrid, there will be another strong opponent waiting, likely one of Valencia, Villarreal or holders Sevilla.
It indeed seems all strong sides have been placed on the same side of the draw, with only Barcelona appearing on the other end.
The Catalonians would make for a perfect team to beat in the final, if we manage to make it past our other impressive opponents.
But first up is Espanyol, a side we also face in the Calderón next week in round 13 of la Liga.