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Real Madrid’s possible opponents for Copa del Rey Round of 32

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The Copa del Rey is progressing, unveiling the teams set to clash in the round of 32 of this knockout tournament. Joining the four automatically qualified teams—Barcelona, Real Madrid, Osasuna, and Atlético Madrid—these teams are gearing up for the next phase.

So far, the tournament has witnessed thrilling matches and unexpected upsets, building anticipation for the remaining teams vying to advance in their pursuit of the coveted domestic title.

All 32 teams slated for the next phase of the Copa del Rey have secured their positions, with notable achievements by Barbastro and Arandina. These two Second RFEF teams successfully ousted Almeria and Cadiz from the competition.

Why Real Madrid did not play in the opening round?

First thing first, it is important to understand why Real Madrid, among three other teams, did not play in the opening round of the competition.

Madrid, the reigning champions of the Copa del Rey from the previous season, and the runners-up, Osasuna, will join forces with La Liga titleholders Barcelona and third-positioned Atletico Madrid to compete in the upcoming 2023-24 Supercopa de Espana. 

Real Madrid are the defending Copa del Rey champions. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

This tournament is scheduled to take place in Saudi Arabia, spanning from January 10 to January 14, 2024. 

Following the revised format, these four clubs are slated to enter the Copa del Rey during the round of 32. Remarkably, this stage coincides with the days immediately preceding their departure to Saudi Arabia.

When is the draw and who will Real Madrid face?

The draw for the Cope del Rey Round of 32 is scheduled for Tuesday, November 12 and Madrid are expected to face anyone from the following teams – Barbastro, Arandina, Castellon, Lugo, Unionistas de Salamanca, Malaga.

The matches of the knockout rounds are scheduled between January 6 and 7 and the teams proceeding to the next rounds will return to action in 10 days, meaning that fixtures will be thick and fast for Real Madrid during this time.

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Official: Real Madrid announce starting lineup to face Real Betis

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Real Madrid will sign off on their successful La Liga campaign today with a fixture against Real Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The game, being seen as a final preparation for the UEFA Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund, sees manager Carlo Ancelotti field his strongest possible lineup.

All eyes will obviously be on the retiring Toni Kroos, who bids goodbye to the Bernabeu in what will be his final home game as a Real Madrid player.

The German international starts in the centre of the park alongside Federico Valverde, while Eduardo Camavinga slots in as the No. 6.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid captain, Nacho Fernandez, also starts in what could be his last game at the Bernabeu as well.

Nacho pairs up with Antonio Rudiger in defence, flanked by the full-back pairing of Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy. Thibaut Courtois starts in goal ahead of Andriy Lunin and Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Up front, Vinicius Jr. starts in attack, partnering up with Rodrygo Goes. Top scorer Jude Bellingham occupies the attacking midfield role for Real Madrid.

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