Our prediction for this Copa del Rey match:
Real Madrid will be aiming to build on a 2-1 win over Sevilla when they take on Unionistas de Salamanca in the Copa del Rey last 32. Los Blancos are determined to regain the La Liga trophy, but Zinedine Zidane’s troops have big ambitions for the 2019/2020 Copa del Rey campaign as well. Real Madrid aim to kick off their Spanish Cup campaign in style; therefore, away win should be considered regardless of which players will start.
Karim Benzema has overcome his injury, and the French attacker is widely expected to return to the starting XI. Unionistas de Salamanca set up a meeting with Real Madrid by beating the likes of Atletico Baleares and Deportivo La Coruna, but they will have a big fish to fry in Wednesday’s football match against the star-studded capital club. Since Jabi Luaces’ men have been struggling in Segunda B this season, anything but away win will be a major surprise.
Highlighted Player (Marcelo):
Marcelo is a Brazilian football player who has always been compared with Robero Carlos. The pacey full back has a very powerful shoot and he often makes life difficult for opposition defenders. Marcelo was born in Rio de Janeiro on 12 May, 1988 and he played for Fluminense during his youth career. He made 30 league appearances for Flu and in 2007 he joined Real Madrid.
The Brazilian ace made his Real Madrid debut against Deportivo La Coruna on 7 January, 2007, coming as a substitute in the second half of the match. He made his first start in a 2-1 loss to Racing de Santander. Marcelo won two Champions League trophies with los Blancos (2013/2014, 2015/2016), while clinching three La Liga titles (2006/2007, 2007/2008, 2011/2012).
The Real Madrid full back represented Brazil at the 2008 Summer Olympics and he won the bronze medal with the Selecao. Four years later, the Brazilians won the silver medal at the Summer Olympics in London. Marcelo’s contract with Real Madrid expires on 30 June, 2020.
Highlighted Team (Real Madrid):
Real Madrid is a Spanish football club based in Madrid. Real Madrid participate in La Liga (Primera Division) and they have won 32 domestic titles. On the other hand, los Blancos have won 13 European Cup titles and that is the main reason why they are considered the biggest football club in the world.
Real Madrid play their home matches at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu and the capacity of the stadium is 84,454. Cristiano Ronaldo is the club’s most successful footballer in the 21st century and the Portuguese superstar has won two Golden Ball awards.
The likes of Alfredo Di Stefano, Zinedine Zidane, Raul Gonzalez Blanco, David Beckham and Iker Casillas are star players who were part of the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu outfit in the past. Real Madrid’s bitterest rivals are Barcelona, but the rivalry between local rivals Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid is big as well. Real Madrid’s home kit is white and, as a result, the team’s nickname is los Blancos (the Whites).