Our prediction for this Copa del Rey match:
There will be fireworks when Atletico Madrid and Athletic Bilbao take on each other at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano in the Copa del Rey semis. Los Rojiblancos showed character in “El Madrileno” at the weekend, with Marcos Lllorente scoring a late equalizer. Diego Simeone’s men are on a three-game winning run at home, but they will have to prove their worth on the field. Nahuel Molina is pushing for a start, while all Azpilicueta, Giemenez, and Lemar should miss out with injuries.
The Lions, on the other hand, rolled over Mallorca 4-0 at home ground, but given their difficulties on the road, home win should be considered. Both Alex Berenguer and Inigo Lekue are out of contention with injuries for the visiting side, while former Man Utd midfielder Ander Herrera is widely expected to return to the starting XI after coming as a substitute in the last league match.
Highlighted Player (Antoine Griezmann):
Anthony Griezmann is a French forward born on 21st March 1991 in Macon, and he is widely regarded as one of Europe’s most exciting footballers at the moment. The pacey striker started showing his potential shortly after coming through Real Sociedad’s youth academy and he went on to score 46 goals in 179 league appearances for La Real. Excellent displays in Spanish la Liga saw him become a target for a number of top clubs, but he eventually choose to sign for Atletico Madrid, and that proved to be a very good decision.
Griezmann continued the rich vein of form at Vicente Calderon, scoring some important goals as los Colchoneros enjoyed domestic and European success, while also becoming a key member of the France national team.
Playing as a winger or second striker, Griezmann possesses impressive technical skills, he is a strong finisher and still finds time to work hard for his side, so no wonder he is widely regarded as one of the leading forwards on the continent. He won the U19 European Championship with France and is tipped to lead Les Bleus to glory on senior level as well.
Highlighted Team (Athletic Bilbao):
Athletic Club (mostly known as Athletic de Bilbao) is a Spanish football club from the Bask region which is playing currently in the Primera Division. The club from Bilbao is playing in the highest Spanish division since its founded in 1928 and is next to Real Madrid and FC Barcelona for a longest period of time in the Primera Division. Athletic de Bilbao used to play until 2012 in the San Mames stadium (also known as La Catedral).
Since 2013 the club is playing in anew stadium. Athletic Bilbao is known for its rivalry with Real Madrid. Atletico Madrid was founded by Bask students in Madrid. The old relationship between both teams is visible in the red blue jerseys of both teams.
The second team Athletic de Bilbao is playing in the Segunda Division B in Spain. Athletic Bilbao won the Primera Division 8 times, the Copa del Rey 24 times, the Spanish super cup 2 times. Athletic de Bilbao didn’t won any prizes in Europe yet but managed to be the runner up in 1977 and 2012 in the UEFA cup.