The draw for our first round in the Copa del Rey (the round of 32) is out.
We face Cultural y Deportivo Leonesa, a team from León that was founded in 1923 and currently plays in the Segunda B, Group 1. You can read up a bit about them on Wikipedia here. They have only ever been in La Liga for one season, back in 1956/57 when they were relegated directly back to the Segunda (though they finished 15th).
The matches are October 28 and November 10.
You can check out the Final Phase Bracket here on Wikipedia. It seems somewhat unfair that we’re playing Leonesa and Real Madrid is playing Alcorcón while Getafe gets Espanyol, Valladolid gets Mallorca, and Zaragoza gets Málaga. Not that I’m complaining and generally agree that better seeds should face easier competition in the earlier rounds as compensation for having previously done better than others.
I think this is where we see the reserves get massive amounts of time on the field, especially Pinto, who I expect to play ever match of the CDR, like he did last year. He was, after all, the reason we were able to breath easy for the last few minutes against Mallorca. That PK save was stupid sick.
Here’s to another run towards the trophy!