Quarter-finals between the quarter-finalists of the league

Quarter-finals between the quarter-finalists of the league
Quarter-finals between the quarter-finalists of the league
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The quarter-finals of the Spanish Cup will bring together the four leaders in the league standings table, when leaders Barcelona will meet Real Sociedad III, while Real Madrid II will face fourth-placed rivals Atletico in an exciting “derby” match.

Barcelona will host the Basque team on Wednesday in its quest to continue the path to its second title under coach Xavi Hernandez, after finally winning the Spanish Super Cup at the expense of Real Madrid 3-1 in the Saudi capital, Riyadh.

However, despite this, the Catalan club enters the match armed with a meager victory in the league at the expense of humble Getafe 1-0.

And even if he reviewed in the previous round against a third-division team, Ceuta, with five clean goals, the task seems more complicated against Real Sociedad, the surprising team for this season, which is still clinging to third place in the league.

Despite this, Polish striker Robert Lewandowski and his comrades remain candidates for passage, especially since Barcelona, ​​which has the record number of titles in this competition (31 titles), has previously won the last seven confrontations with Sociedad.

The latter, however, went on an exciting winning streak, winning seven consecutive matches in all competitions, despite the team’s injury problems. But Emanol Alguacil’s men can make things difficult for the Catalans with their solid backline.

The irony of this match is that Lewandowski will meet again with referee Gil Manzano, as he is the same referee who gave him a red card against Osasuna in his last match last November, before stopping to play in the Qatar 2022 World Cup, which led to the Polish being suspended for three matches.

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In another strong confrontation, Real Madrid will meet its capital city rivals, Atletico Club, in the Cup, for the first time since 2015.

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Within the league competitions, Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti’s men won 2-0 over Athletic Bilbao last Sunday, especially thanks to a goal from French Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema, keeping the “Royal” three points off the lead.

However, this “derby” will not be an easy passage for the “Merengue” against the team of Argentine coach Diego Simeone, whose team finally revived by beating Valladolid 3-0 thanks to Frenchman Antoine Griezmann, in a match in which his new player from Barcelona, ​​Dutchman Memphis Depay, appeared.

Despite this, Real Madrid, which is seeking to win the cup for the first time since 2014, may have the upper hand in passing through this confrontation, as it has not lost in the last 7 “derby” matches it played at its Santiago Bernabeu stadium, with four wins and three draws.

And with Atletico Madrid in particular, the royal club won the last three confrontations between them at home, without conceding any goal.

In the other two confrontations in the quarter-finals as well, Osasuna, who eliminated Real Betis, the defending champion in the previous round, will play against Seville, who is suffering in the league this season and ranks fifteenth, while Athletic Bilbao will defeat Valencia.

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