The draw for the quarter-finals of the Spanish King’s Cup was held on Friday evening, and resulted in a difficult confrontation that will await Barcelona, which aspires to achieve its preferred title for the 32nd time in history.
Coach Xavi Hernandez’s squad succeeded in passing the round of 32 by defeating Barbastro 3-2, and then defeated Unionista Salamanca in the round of 16 with 3-1, both of which were third-tier and amateur teams.
But this time, a difficult task awaits Barcelona, after it was drawn to face Athletic Bilbao in the quarter-finals.
The Basque club is in a very special situation with its coach and former Barca coach, Ernesto Valverde, and nothing is more evident than the fact that it is equal in points with the Blaugrana in La Liga, with 41 each.
The match will perhaps have a revenge character when looking at the last confrontation between the two teams in the King’s Cup, which was also in the quarter-finals in the 2021-2022 edition.
At that time, Bilbao was able to win 3-2 and eliminate Barcelona from the tournament, so perhaps coach Xavi will seek revenge on Inaki Williams’ teammates this time.
In this regard, it remains to be noted that the match will be held at San Mames Stadium, the home of Athletic Bilbao, which makes Barcelona’s task of qualifying for the semi-finals more difficult.
The draw resulted in other exciting confrontations, as Atletico Madrid, which eliminated defending champion Real Madrid, will meet Sevilla, while Real Mallorca will face the current La Liga leader, Girona.
The quarter-final matches will be held from January 23 to 25, and below you will find the full match schedule.
- Athletic Bilbao x Barcelona
- Celta Vigo x Real Sociedad
- Real Mallorca x Girona
- Atletico Madrid x Sevilla