Barcelona and Real Madrid avoided one another within the draw for the Copa del Rey quarter-finals on Friday.
Quique Setien’s men, who beat Leganes 5-0 in Thursday’s round of sixteen tie, were pitted against Athletic Club within the last eight, with the game happening at San Mames next week.
Former Athletic defender Andoni Goikoetxea, the club’s representative at the draw, feels their home advantage might be key.
He said: “I just like the draw. I needed it to be at San Mames. it is a very tough draw, we’ll see what happens however it’s going to be a celebration.
“It’s about to be a unique game, Athletic continually go crazy within the Copa del Rey and continually have aspirations to reach the Copa final however you’ve got to beat all the good teams to get there. Athletic will beat anyone at San Mames. it’s a magical place and something will happen.”
Madrid will fancy their probabilities at home to Real Sociedad, tho’ director Emilio Butragueno warned they will ought to be ready.
“As always, it’ll be a tough opponent. we tend to play at home and that we ought to use that to our advantage, however ahead of us we are going to have a team that’s conducting an impressive campaign,” he told reporters.
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“They have very direct, creative players. we’ve to take advantage of the positive dynamics and favourable results of recent weeks.
“The fans are important in these matches. you’ve got to stay in mind that it’s just one game, the semi-finalist is determined in ninety minutes. i’m convinced that they will respond and help us.”
Meanwhile Valencia , who are defending the title this year once beating Barcelona 2-1 within the 2018-19 final, visit Granada and giant-killers Mirandes, the sole team from outside La Liga remaining, were rewarded for their defeat of Seville with a home tie against Villarreal.
The matches are going to be played across February four, five and six and will be settled in barely one game as opposed to 2 legs due to changes within the competition this season.
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