Real Madrid and Villarreal have been drawn to face each other in the Round of 16 of the Copa del Rey. The single-elimination match will take place in ten days at Villarreal’s Estadio La Cermica, although the exact date and time have not yet been announced.
The draw for the Round of 16 of the Copa del Rey has not been kind to Real Madrid, as they have been drawn against Villarreal, a tougher opponent than some of the other options still available.
Playing the match away from the Bernabeu at this early stage of the competition will be a challenge for coach Carlo Ancelotti and his team. To advance to the next round, Ancelotti may need to abandon his usual rotation strategy.
This match against Villarreal will be the first game for Real Madrid after they compete in the Spanish Supercup in Saudi Arabia next week. With a break in La Liga play coming up, Ancelotti will have to carefully manage his squad in this match and the Supercup to ensure they are in top form for their next league game. It will be interesting to see how he approaches this challenge.