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Copa del Rey – Real Madrid To Travel To Arandina, Barbastro To Host Barcelona As Round Of 32 Ties Emerge

Written by Olaleye Oluwadamilola

After receiving byes through the first two rounds of the Copa del Rey, the Spanish Supercup teams have been drawn into the Round of 32. The entertaining away days for the Clasico pair will pit them against fourth-tier opposition.

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On January 6, Real Madrid will travel to Arandina to play them in Burgos. They eliminated Real Murcia in the previous round, while Barbastro surprised everyone by eliminating La Liga’s struggling Almeria. They will be the team playing Barcelona, a quick trip to Aragon away.

In Galicia, Atletico Madrid takes on Lugo, and in the south, Osasuna plays Castellon.


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Villarreal visiting Unionistas de Salamanca and Real Sociedad visiting La Rosaleda in Malaga are two of the week’s most intriguing matches. In addition to the La Liga matchup between Espanyol and Getafe, there is a Canary Islands derby in which Tenerife will attempt to defeat Las Palmas.

In addition, there’s a Basque derby, with Athletic Club visiting Eibar for the first time since their relegation from La Liga. The lone matchup in La Liga is between Real Betis and Alaves, which ended in a 1-1 draw earlier in the year.

Up until the quarterfinals, the Copa del Rey draw is seeded, with one-leg ties held at the team with the lower seed.

Meanwhile…

With Barcelona’s plenty of options in one area: central defense, where Inigo Martinez, Andreas Christensen, Ronald Araujo, and Jules Kounde are all vying for two spots, Eric Garcia’s future is looking more difficult while he’s on loan at Girona with the Catalan giant willing to sell him in the summer to further help booster their financial situation.

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The 22-year-old has been performing well since moving to North Catalonia, as evidenced by their 4-2 victory over Barcelona on Sunday. His reputation has grown as a result, and the football community is now more aware of his worth. Sport claims that this will get him one step closer to leaving.

Garcia won’t likely return to Girona for the upcoming campaign and he won’t go on loan, according to the Catalan daily. In the end, Garcia will either permanently return to Barcelona or be sold as the Blaugrana is eager to make a profit. If he stayed, it would probably be because one of the other four was sold.

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