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Official: Real Madrid will face Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals



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With the draw for the Copa del Rey quarter-finals taking place today, Real Madrid have been drawn against local rivals Atletico Madrid in the last-eight stages of the cup tournament.

Real Madrid made it to the quarter-final stages of the competition on the back of unconvincing wins over Cacereno (Round of 32) and Villarreal (Round of 16). Having not won the Copa del Rey trophy in over eight years, Carlo Ancelotti & co. are hoping to end the drought this year.

For that to happen, however, they will now have to go past Atletico Madrid in the quarter-final stages later this month.

As for Atletico Madrid, they enter the next phase of the tournament after beating Almazan (first round), Arenteiro (second round), Real Oviedo (Round of 32), and Levante (Round of 16) in the preceding rounds.

Having been eliminated from the European competitions, the Copa del Rey represents the best chance for Diego Simeone’s side to finish the campaign with a trophy. And Real Madrid will be the next hurdle in their quest for the same.

As per the rules, the first name drawn will be playing at home, meaning the Madrid derby will take place at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The quarter-final matches are scheduled to be played on 24, 25, and 26 January 2023.

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Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid



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Coming off a highly controversial game against Almeria, Real Madrid will now travel to Gran Canaria to take on Las Palmas tomorrow as part of the early kick-off.

Carlo Ancelotti spoke about the clash tomorrow, starting off by confirming his goalkeeper for tomorrow, “Lunin will start tomorrow.”

He also added that Madrid were looking to get back to their usual level after back-to-back poor performances, one of which included elimination against Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey round of 16.

“We are motivated to return to our best level after 2 bad games.”

The Italian gaffer also commented on the biggest football story in the world today, which was Jurgen Klopp announcing his decision to leave Liverpool at the end of the season.

“It’s quite surprising, I understand. Working for a long time with the same club and players lowers your motivation a bit. He’s doing a fantastic job at Liverpool.”

And of course, Ancelotti also spoke about the leaked VAR audiovisual, some of which are highly controversial for all parties involved. Barcelona coach and players have also commented on the same, in light of the Negreira case.

“They have talked a lot. Everyone knows what has happened in the last 20 years in Spanish football. The Civil Guard is carrying out an investigations. That is the real problem of Spanish football.”

Luckily for the manager and fans, all injured players — minus the ACL trio of David Alaba, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois — are available. Jude Bellingham is suspended, however.

“Everyone is available now after the recent period of injuries.”

“Making up for Bellingham’s absence tomorrow? Brahim and Joselu are available options. They were able to show themselves after I relied on them as substitutes,” he added.

And as far as Militao and Courtois are concerned, both of whom tore their ACL early in the season, Ancelotti suggested that they could make their return before the season ends.

“Courtois and Militão both have the option to play this season. The recovery process is going very well, they are training on an individual level. It is February and these types of injuries last 6-8 months, so I think they will recover before the end of the season.”

Source: Mundo Deportivo

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