Summary of Real Madrid's 2:3 victory over Villarreal in the Round of 16 of the King's Cup (Sport1)
The King's Cup quarter-final stage will close tonight (Thursday) with the main game in which Real Madrid hosts Atlético for the fiery derby of the Spanish capital.
The runner-up holder of the cup, Valencia, will also try to qualify for the semi-finals at the expense of Athletic Bilbao.
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Memphis Depay (Photo: GettyImages, Soccrates Images)
Real Madrid - Atletico Madrid
Real Madrid's tough schedule since returning from the World Cup break continues with a tough battle for a place in the semi-finals.
After the loss to Villarreal in the league and the defeat against Barcelona in the Super Cup final, the Blancos recovered with impressive away victories against the yellow submarine in the cup and against Athletic Bilbao in the league.
Relax before another tough game, against Sociedad in the league on Sunday, Real will hope to pass their city rivals as they dream of a first Spanish Cup since 2014.
Carlo Ancelotti has had to manage in recent times without a number of injuries, including David Alaba and Orlean Tshoumani who are not in the squad tonight either. When Eden Hazard was also absent even though the three returned to train with the team.
Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vasquez also miss the match.
The two who returned to the lineup and are the only changes in it compared to the league game against Athletic Bilbao are Luka Modric and Toni Kroos, with Nacho Fernandez continuing as a right back due to the absences while Feda Valverde was placed in attack rather than in midfield.
On the other hand, Marcos Llorente was absent from the Colchoneros squad and Jose Jimenez, who was in doubt, remained on the bench like Memphis Depay who came on as a substitute for his debut in the 0:3 against Valladolid.
Stefan Savic returned from suspension to center back, with Llorente replaced by world champion Rodrigo de Paul.
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Valencia - Athletic Bilbao (21:00, Sport1)
Although in the league Valencia is floundering in the middle of the table, but in the cup it meanwhile keeps the dream of returning to the final alive.
However, Bilbao will be the first team from the first division that the Bats meet this year in the factory.
On the other hand, Ernesto Valverde will hope to forget about the last losses in the league to Sociedad and Real Madrid, which included the 0:1 over Espanyol in the cup.