Official: Barcelona discover their rivals for the Copa Del Ray quarter-finals


LAS ROZAS, SPAIN - JANUARY 31: Ilustration, balls for draw during the Draw 1/4 of Final of the Spanish Cup, Copa del Rey, celebrated at Ciudad del Futbol on January 31, 2020 in Las Rozas, Spain.
Photo by Oscar J. Barroso / AFP7 / Europa Press Sports via Getty Images

The game against Unionistas was the first step forward for FC Barcelona in the Copa Del Ray. They had previously disposed of Barbastro, but the clash in Salamanca was an even bigger one. However, Barcelona are safe for now in the King’s Cup, and head to the quarter-final stage.

Previously before the draw, there were seven possible opponents Barcelona could have potentially been drawn against. All of these opponents are fellow La Liga sides, as all lower-tier sides have already been eliminated. Thus, irrespective of who Barça got drawn against, the clash would be a tough one.

Now, there is official confirmation. The team that will face FC Barcelona in the Copa Del Ray quarter-finals is none other than Basque side Athletic Bilbao. Led by former Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde, Bilbao is an exceptionally difficult team to beat.

This season, Barcelona have encountered Bilbao only once. The occasion took place in the first half of the ongoing La Liga campaign, and saw Barça barely manage to win and take away all three points. It took a heroic Marc Guiu cameo to ensure that victory went to La Blaugrana.

In terms of their position within the La Liga table, Bilbao currently sit at third place. They are one position above Barcelona. However, the Catalan giants do have a game in hand over their upcoming Copa Del Ray rivals in the Spanish first division.

When it comes to form, very few teams can match up to Athletic Bilbao at the moment. The last 14 games have gone by for the Basque side with them remaining unbeaten. Coincidentally, the last time they even tasted defeat came at the hands of Barcelona in October.

Since then, not even Girona or Atletico Madrid have been able to stop them in their tracks. Valverde’s side is almost unstoppable right now, and was one of the strongest potential opponents for Barcelona. However, no team worth their weight in gold can continue to hide behind easy encounters. It will be a true test for both Barcelona and Bilbao when they meet in the cup this month.

Raafay Humayun
Raafay Humayun
Raafay Humayun is a life-long fan of FC Barcelona and an avid enjoyer of all things Blaugrana. Having fallen in love with the club for the way they defined football for him, he now spends his time watching games, analyzing the happenings in them, and digesting any and everything related to his beloved Catalan club. He also writes as an author for Barca News Network hoping to deliver the latest updates to his fellow ‘culés’.

Recommended Articles

Related Articles

€50m Barcelona winger gives a clear message about his future

FC Barcelona are going to see several changes in their team before the current summer transfer window ends....

Barcelona identify €20m Brazilian as Joshua Kimmich alternative

Ever since Sergio Busquets left Barcelona at the end of the 2022-23 season for Inter Miami, the club...

Rodri says ‘unbelievable’ Barcelona player can now achieve whatever he wants

The main core of the recently successful Spanish National team included two key Barcelona players. One of them...

Barcelona €70m player might need surgery to recover from latest injury

Although several of their players enjoyed international glory this summer, the two international tournaments, UEFA EURO 2024 and...

Fabrizio Romano says Barcelona are set to advance talks with €60m transfer target’s camp

FC Barcelona will do whatever they can this summer to give Hansi Flick the squad he wants. La...

The two foundations from Bayern that Flick wants to incorporate at Barcelona

FC Barcelona have finally kicked things off with Hansi Flick now being the man in command. The German...

Flick to start his first season at Barcelona with a midfield headache

Hansi Flick has already started training his new team, i.e., FC Barcelona, and he will have two years...

The seven records that Lamine Yamal broke at the 2024 Euros

FC Barcelona has seen many of the club’s most crucial players take part in various competitions for their...

Barcelona are yet to test Ronald Araujo themselves – report

The fitness of the players at FC Barcelona is a major priority for the club this summer. Ever...

Barcelona want to thrust Lamine Yamal into absolute stardom

Not everything that FC Barcelona focuses on is limited to the sporting achievements of the team. Instead, the...

The two routes that Barcelona can take with Gavi this summer

At the moment, FC Barcelona are working on regaining their best version for the preseason. The Catalan club,...

Barcelona continue to keep the latest addition to Flick’s staff a secret

For the first time in a long while, there is a mixture of excitement and anxiety at Barcelona....