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Five key stats ahead of Real Madrid vs Osasuna | Copa del Rey final



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Real Madrid will have a great opportunity to end their long-running drought in the Copa del Rey when they face off against CA Osasuna in the finals of the tournament at Estadio de La Cartuja later tonight.

Los Blancos have not lifted the Copa del Rey trophy for nine years, with their last triumph coming way back in 2014, during Carlo Ancelotti’s first reign as manager at the Santiago Bernabeu.

As they look to bring back the King’s Cup trophy back to the club, Real Madrid face a stern challenge in the form of Osasuna, a team that has already managed to hold them to a draw this season in La Liga despite being down to ten men.

But, heading into tonight’s match, Los Blancos have reasons to be confident as they have an impeccable record against the team from Pamplona in the cup competitions.

Indeed, Real Madrid have won each of their previous eight Copa del Rey meetings against Osasuna with an aggregate scoreline of 25-5. All these encounters have been either in the Round of 16 or at the quarter-final stages.

What’s more, Real Madrid have not lost a game to Osasuna across all competitions in over 12 years. The last time the Merengues fell to a defeat to Los Rojillos was in January 2011. Since then, they have won 13 of the 18 matches between the two sides (D5).

However, one area of concern for the Merengues heading into the match against Osasuna would be the poor record of their club captain and ace goalscorer Karim Benzema.

Indeed, Benzema has not scored a goal for Real Madrid against Osasuna for over nine years now, with his last strike against them coming in January 2014, in the Copa del Rey Round of 16 tie. To put it into perspective, he has netted against 59 different teams on three different continents since that strike vs Osasuna.

Apart from breaking his drought against Osasuna, Benzema will also have his eyes on another special milestone. Should he lead Real Madrid to the Copa del Rey triumph tonight, the 35-year-old would equal Marcelo as the player with the most trophies in the history of the club.

Furthermore, Real Madrid have lost more Copa del Rey finals (20) than they have won (19), a record that Carlo Ancelotti & co. will be hoping to set straight tonight.

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Real Madrid out-of-favour defender now unlikely to leave the club



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Real Madrid missed out on the signing of Leny Yoro after deciding not to match Manchester United’s offer for the 18-year-old defender.

With the French prodigy now on his way to the Premier League, Los Blancos are assessing their options before deciding whether to sign a new centre-back or not.

As things stand, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe seem to be leaning towards relying on their existing options rather than going into the market.

Jesus Vallejo unlikely to leave

As such, MARCA reports that the likelihood of Jesus Vallejo leaving the club have now significantly reduced.

Indeed, the 27-year-old out-of-favour defender now appears more and more likely to continue at Real Madrid beyond this summer.

Set to stay. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Vallejo returned to the Santiago Bernabeu after finishing his loan stint at Granada during which he hardly played due to injury and fitness woes.

As such, reports suggested that Carlo Ancelotti & co. were not planning on counting on him next season, even though he was handed a new shirt number recently.

But with the Leny Yoro operation collapsing and Real Madrid not keen on recruiting anyone from the market at this point, the Spanish ace is now unlikely to leave the club.

With David Alaba still sidelined, Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao will start the new season as the first-choice centre-back pairing and Vallejo will serve as the backup while Aurelien Tchouameni will also be an option.

Vallejo, for his part, wanted to stay put and see out his contract which expires in 2025. And, as things stand, it appears that the player will get his wish.

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