Real Madrid to play Olimpic de Xativa in Copa del Rey

Real Madrid to play Olimpic de Xativa in Copa del Rey


Real Madrid will play Segunda B outfit Olimpic de Xativa in the last 32 of the Copa del Rey.

The draw was made on Friday at the Vicente Calderon, home of Atletico de Madrid, and the winners of the trophy last year.

Los Blancos, who lost the final in May at the Santiago Bernabeu to their city rivals, will play at the La Murta stadium on the 6th,7th or 8th of December. The return leg in Chamartin will take place on December 18th.

Should Carlo Ancelotti’s men overcome the minnows from Valencia, they will face the winners of the tie between Malaga and Osasuna in the next round. The nine-time European Cup winners would avoid playing Atletico until the semi-final stage should they make it that far, and can only meet fierce rivals Barcelona in the final.

Speaking after the draw was made, Real Madrid director Miguel Pardeza said the draw would be an exciting one for Olimpic de Xativa, and allows fans of smaller teams across Spain to see their players come up against the big names.

But having been embarrassed by Alcorcon in the Copa del Rey a few years ago, and with Los Blancos looking to add some silverware to the cabinet this season after a poor campaign last year, Pardeza said the team would take the tie very seriously.

He stated:”It is an opportunity for people from small towns that are not used to seeing these sorts of matches. It is a new season and we will be aiming to win it, there is no other possible objective.”

Los Blancos last won the competition in 2011 when they beat Barcelona 1-0 thanks to a Cristiano Ronaldo header.