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Official: Real Madrid to face CP Cacereño in Copa del Rey Round of 32

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Real Madrid will be facing CP Cacereño in their first fixture of the 2022/23 edition of the Copa del Rey in the Round of 32 stage.

Los Blancos will start their journey in the tournament in the third round as they were exempt from participating in the previous stage along with three other La Liga teams in the form of Real Betis, Barcelona and Valencia due to their involvement in the Spanish Super Cup.

As per the rules, Carlo Ancelotti’s side could only draw teams from either the RFEF First Division or RFEF Second Division, which meant that Real Madrid could have been drawn against ten possible opponents in the Round of 32.

And it is CP Cacereño that they have found as their opponents for the next round. The team from Caceres defeated Girona in the last round to set up a meeting with the Spanish and the European champions.

The Round of 32 matches will take place between January 3-5 and it will be an away fixture for Real Madrid with the game set to be played at Estadio Príncipe Felipe. Having not won the Copa del Rey since 2014, the Merengues will be aiming to end that drought this time out.

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Ancelotti sets a target for Real Madrid to achieve before facing Barcelona in La Liga

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Real Madrid are currently the frontrunners to win the La Liga title this season, having established a solid lead atop the table.

After 26 matchdays, Carlo Ancelotti’s Los Blancos have built a six-point lead over second-placed Girona and are eight clear of arch-rivals Barcelona in third.

Ancelotti sets a target

While Real Madrid have already faced Girona and Atletico Madrid twice in La Liga already, they still have to face Barcelona for the second time.

And, as per AS, manager Carlo Ancelotti has set a target for his Real Madrid side to achieve before they face off against Xavi Hernandez’s Barça in a few weeks.

Los Blancos host their bitter rivals at the Santiago Bernabeu in the weekend of April 20-21, in matchweek 32.

And before that, Ancelotti wants Real Madrid to reach 80 points in La Liga, which he believes is the safety point for his team to go on to win the title.

As things stand, the Merengues are on 65 points from 26 games and have five matches to play in the league before they face Barcelona.

And for them to achieve Ancelotti’s intended target, they will have to win each of their matches between now and April 20, which will be anything but straightforward.

After all, Real Madrid are set to face Valencia at a hostile Mestalla this weekend before they take on a Celta Vigo side battling to avoid relegation next week.

Following that, they face a tricky Osasuna side away from home and Athletic Club at home while they will also take on Copa del Rey finalists RCD Mallorca.

Ancelotti wants the La Liga title race wrapped up by this point so that the team can face Barcelona without any pressure and instead keep their focus on the UEFA Champions League, provided they progress in the tournament.

It will be easier said than done, but if we have learned anything from Real Madrid this season, it is that they thrive in the face of adversities.

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