Albiol: We’re favourites for the Copa

Albiol: We’re favourites for the Copa


Raul Albiol has said Real Madrid are favourites to win the Copa del Rey later this month.

Los Blancos meet city rivals Atletico de Madrid on May 17 at the Bernabeu after seeing off Barcelona with an aggregate 4-2 win in the semi-finals.

And following his side’s defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League, Albiol says the squad is focused on ensuring the Bernabeu trophy cabinet does not remain bare this year.

In an interview with Marca, he said: “There is not long to go before the end of the season, so we need to focus all our strength to win at Atletico Madrid.”

Although he admitted it would be a tough match, the 27-year-old centre back stated home advantage could play a big factor in the outcome of the final.

“We’re at home, it’s a final and we want the title for Madrid, for Real Madrid, and for ourselves,” he said.

Atletico haven’t beaten Los Blancos in 14 years, and Albiol said the Real squad was determined not to let their rival’s hoodoo end later this month.

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