Following their triumph over Unionistas de Salamanca, FC Barcelona continues their odyssey in the Copa Del Ray. As the preeminent victors of the tournament, La Blaugrana perpetually find themselves in the cup’s upper echelons. Nonetheless, the forthcoming quarter-finals pose a substantial challenge for Barcelona.
This challenge arises from the fact that no teams outside the top-flight remain in the competition. The recent encounter witnessed Barcelona dispatching Unionistas with a 3-1 scoreline, and it was an abundance of individual brilliance that propelled them forward.
However, replicating such success may prove elusive in the next stage. With only the crème de la crème remaining, Barcelona must exhibit heightened effectiveness and efficiency in their strategies. Now entrenched among the final eight, the spotlight turns to potential adversaries.
As delineated by SPORT, Barcelona stands amongst the last eight contenders in the King’s Cup. Accordingly, there exist seven conceivable opponents that Barcelona may encounter in the imminent quarter-finals of the tournament.
Here are the potential contenders:
Sevilla (Ranked 17th in La Liga):
The Seville-based squad finds themselves languishing in the 17th position in La Liga. Despite their domestic struggles, the prospect of participating in the Copa Del Ray could ignite an extra layer of motivation to excel.
Atletico Madrid (Occupying the 5th spot in La Liga):
Arguably arriving at the quarters with the highest confidence, Atletico Madrid showcased exceptional prowess in their previous match. By eliminating local rivals Real Madrid, they have rightfully earned their status as one of the prime contenders in the domestic cup.
Girona (Leading in La Liga):
When discussing favorites, Girona emerges as an exceedingly perilous opponent. Currently perched at the summit of La Liga, Michel’s side constitutes a meticulously drilled force. Overcoming them could present a monumental challenge for Barcelona at this juncture.
Real Sociedad (Ranked 6th in La Liga):
Under the guidance of Imanol Alguacil, Real Sociedad stands as another formidable force in La Liga. Their style of play poses a formidable challenge to counter, and with their attacking influences, they undeniably rank among the most formidable adversaries left in the Copa Del Ray.
Mallorca (Occupying the 14th spot in La Liga):
Yet another team from the lower echelons of La Liga, Mallorca may appear as a favorable draw for most clubs. However, their recent upturn in form renders them a potential tricky opponent.
Athletic Bilbao (Securing the 3rd spot in La Liga):
A squad boasting dynamic players, Athletic Bilbao perennially poses a threat, regardless of the competition. Drawing against them would undoubtedly present a formidable challenge for any club.
Celta Vigo (Found in the 16th position in La Liga):
As the lowest-ranked team in La Liga remaining in the Copa Del Ray, Celta Vigo might be considered a dream draw for many. However, in a knockout competition, no team should be taken lightly. Even facing Celta would demand a serious approach from Barcelona.