Real Madrid is a heavy guest against Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals

Real Madrid is a heavy guest against Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals

Real Madrid is a heavy guest against Athletic Bilbao at 10:30 p.m. today, Thursday, at the San Mames stadium in the King’s Cup quarter-finals for the current season 2021-2022.

Real Madrid will enter today’s match in search of the three points and qualify for the semi-finals of the King’s Cup, which prompted, according to Spanish reports, to think about pushing goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois at the expense of Lunin, who has been fighting these confrontations since the tournament.

And Real Madrid’s suffering in today’s match is compounded by the late return of the French star of Algerian origin, Karim Benzema, who had earlier suffered a hamstring injury that kept him away from the previous royal team matches, as Carlo Ancelotti feared pushing him mainly in the match for fear of aggravating the injury.

Benzema aims to catch up with Paris Saint-Germain, scheduled for February 15, in the first leg of the 16th round of the European Champions League.

Real Madrid had qualified for the quarter-finals of the King’s Cup, after a difficult victory over its host, Elche, 2-1.

And this is after the match extended to overtime after the end of normal time with a goalless draw, while Athletic Bilbao defeated its counterpart Barcelona 3-2 in the same round.

Today’s match is very exciting between the two teams, especially since Real Madrid achieved a difficult victory at the expense of Athletic Bilbao in the Super Cup that was held in Saudi Arabia, 2-1.

Real Madrid leads the Spanish league standings with 50 points, 4 points ahead of its closest competitor, Seville, the runner-up, with 46 points.

It is expected that Real Madrid will play the match with the following formation:

Goalkeeper: Courtois.

Defense: Nacho, Militao, Alaba, Vazquez.

Midfield: Kroos, Camavinga, Modric.

Forwards: Luka Jovic, Asensio, Hazard.

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