Real Madrid have enjoyed great success so far under the leadership of Carlo Ancelotti. The veteran manager helped the club secure the Champions League title last season while also clinching La Liga from the hands of Atletico Madrid.
However, despite Real Madrid’s dominance in both the league and UCL, the club feel they are missing out on an important trophy: Copa del Rey.
According to a report from Diario AS (h/t Madrid Zone), there was a message inside the Real Madrid camp after last season: to win the Copa del Rey.
Real Madrid have lagged behind Barcelona and other rivals when it comes to Copa del Rey in recent years. They have not won the competition since the 2013/14 campaign. Incidentally, it was Ancelotti who was the head coach of Real Madrid at the time.
Last season, Los Blancos could only make it as far as the quarter-finals of the competition, at which point they were eliminated by Athletic Club.
With that in mind, the Real Madrid leaders have requested Ancelotti at the start of the season that the club put ‘full focus’ on Copa del Rey as well, along with La Liga and the Champions Laegue.
The Merengues have won the competition 19 times, but are behind Barcelona and Athletic Club in the all-time list. Real Betis are currently the defending champions, having beaten Valencia in the final earlier this year.
As far as the 2022/23 season is concerned, Real Madrid are yet to kickstart their Copa del Rey campaign so far, with the competition currently in the qualifying stages.
UFC Champion to kick off Real Madrid vs Sevilla, sends message to Mbappe: “Lucky to play for the best club in the world”
Coming on the back of his triumph at UFC, Featherweight champion Ilia Topuria has announced he will take honorary kick-off in the upcoming Real Madrid vs Sevilla in La Liga this weekend.
Topuria confirmed this in a recent press conference in the Spanish capital this midweek.
A self-proclaimed Madridista, Topuria expressed his deep connection with the club and even sent a message to Kylian Mbappe, who is widely expected to join the club on a free transfer this summer.
Ilia Topuria: A hardcore Madridista
Ilia Topuria did not hold back his affection for Real Madrid, stating, “For me, the team that represents the values of Spain the most is Real Madrid.”
The Georgian-Spaniard UFC champion went on to confirm that he will meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off.
“I’m going to meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off,” he said (h/t Mundo Deportivo).
Although born in Germany, Topuria made Spain proud last Saturday when he beat Alexander Volkanovski in the second round. In the process, he became the first fighter from Spain to capture a UFC belt.
Topuria’s triumph has granted him overnight success in Spain, with the 27-year-old even becoming a cultural icon for many.
Topuria’s message for Mbappe
Other than professing his love for Real Madrid, Ilia Topuria also had a message for Mbappe.
When asked about the Frenchman potentially joining Real Madrid this summer, he said, “Welcome. He’s lucky to play for the best club in the world.”
Real Madrid, for their part, also congratulated Topuria on his triumph. “Congratulations on your historic triumph for Spanish sport, Ilia Topuria. We are proud that a great Real Madrid fan like you becomes UFC world champion,” the club posted on X.
Real Madrid fans, meanwhile, will be excited to witness Topuria taking the honorary kickoff as Los Blancos take on Sevilla this weekend, with three crucial points on the line.