Real Madrid and Barcelona, along with Valencia and Real Betis, are four La Liga teams that will enter the Copa Del Rey in the third round due to their upcoming involvement in the Spanish Super Cup.
In the Copa del Rey’s Round of 32, Real Madrid will play Cacereño at Estadio Principe Felipe in Caceres on either January 3rd or January 4th. The match will be a one-legged tie, meaning that Real Madrid must defeat a Segunda RFEF team (the fourth division of Spanish football) in order to advance.
Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that Barcelona will face lower division team CF Intercity. The match is sure to be an exciting one as Barcelona, a top-tier team, faces off against an opponent from a lower division.
It is expected that Ancelotti will make significant changes to the starting lineup for the upcoming Copa del Rey match, potentially featuring players such as Hazard, Mariano, Odriozola, Nacho, or Lunin. This is especially likely given the need to keep the team well-rested after the World Cup break.
While the Copa del Rey may not be a top priority for Real Madrid, Ancelotti will likely try to prevent an early elimination as it could add additional pressure to the team. Real Madrid has a packed schedule for the upcoming month and the Copa del Rey will be a part of that busy schedule.
As they enter the third round of the Copa del Rey, Barcelona can only be drawn against teams from the RFEF First Division or the RFEF Second Division. This resulted in a list of ten possible opponents for Xavi Hernandez and co.
In the end, it was Intercity that was drawn against Barcelona for the Round of 32. Intercity, a team from the RFEF First Division, advanced to the third round by defeating Mirandes in the previous stage.
It is worth noting that Intercity played Barcelona Atletic, a team from the RFEF First Division, earlier this season, with the match ending in a 0-0 draw.