Atlético Madrid’s 2022 Copa del Rey marketing campaign begins Thursday on the Wanda Metropolitano, the place the Rojiblancos will face “hosts” Rayo Majadahonda.
This Copa del Rey spherical of 32 fixture was slated initially to happen at Cerro del Espino, the place Rayo play and Atlético prepare. However the recreation was moved to the Metropolitano so as to accommodate extra supporters for a midweek, one-off cup conflict.
Atlético exited this competitors to lower-tier opposition in 2020 and 2021 and haven’t even reached the quarterfinal stage because the 2017/18 version. Diego Simeone plans to discipline a stronger crew relative to Atleti’s most up-to-date Copa del Rey fixtures, a selection that turns into simpler to justify with one take a look at the present league desk.
“The Copa is a really lovely competitors, and lately we’ve not lived as much as what the competitors calls for,” Simeone stated on Wednesday. “We hope this season to study from errors and face it with extra forcefulness, with extra stability, and extra stability in our recreation.”
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Although backup keeper Benjamin Lecomte will change Jan Oblak within the beginning 11, Simeone is more likely to begin Matheus Cunha and Luis Suárez (who’s probably getting into his previous few months as an Atlético participant), giving an thought of how critically Atleti would possibly take the King’s Cup this yr.
As well as, Koke, Antoine Griezmann, Héctor Herrera, and João Félix are all coaching once more after testing detrimental for COVID-19. Marcos Llorente has ramped up his restoration from a gluteal damage and is near returning, however he could also be saved for Sunday’s recreation at Villarreal.
“The one factor that issues to us is the day-to-day, not even the game-by-game,” Simeone stated. “With the coronavirus, the optimistic assessments, the conditions which have impacted us…I’m not taking a look at Villarreal or (subsequent week’s) Supercopa. I give attention to the day-to-day so we will put together for this recreation with a crew that has been doing very nicely in its division.”
One participant who won’t be obtainable in any respect is Kieran Trippier, who’s in England and anticipated to finish a transfer to Newcastle United by week’s finish. Simeone addressed his first-choice right-back’s imminent departure and thanked him for being an important contributor to final season’s LaLiga title.
“I’m grateful for every little thing he has finished right here with us. The membership has given him 48 hours to resolve his scenario. I’m grateful to him. He has labored very exhausting, and he has been a vital participant for us,” Cholo stated. “Now, we glance forward and search options for what’s to return.
“The membership is aware of nicely what we’d like and need.”
This preview will probably be up to date with the official squad listing.
Date Jan. 6, 2022
Location Estadio Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid
Kickoff time 9:30 p.m. CET, 8:30 p.m. GMT, 3:30 p.m. EST, 12:30 p.m. PST