For the round of 16 of the Copa del Rey, Villarreal x Real Madrid face each other this Thursday (19) at 5 pm (Brasília time) at Estádio de la Cerámica, in Villarreal. After being runner-up in the Spanish Super Cup, losing precisely to the biggest rival, the team commanded by Carlo Ancelotti is pressed.
For the match soon, at least four absences in the merengue team. Right-back Carvajal, for example, did not participate in Wednesday’s activities and is possibly out. Other casualties are defender Alaba, lateral Lucas Vázquez and defensive midfielder Tchouaméni, all injured.
“What was unpredictable was the injuries, it affected a little more. January would be a complicated month, we knew that. We have to endure this month, these games – said Ancelotti.
In the last three matches, Real Madrid have not won any. The last one, on Sunday, was even more painful. In the Supercup final, he lost to barcelona by 3 to 1.
In a press conference, coach Ancelotti raised his tone and showed optimism in the team’s recovery.
— We consider it an opportunity to get out of this complicated moment. The sooner we do this, the better. It’s a difficult, complicated game, but we have the motivation to leave soon. It is a great opportunity, despite giving the Real Madrid like dead says Ancelotti.
— We have the hope that it will be tomorrow, that we will change this dynamic, but I can’t say. But I am sure that we will get out of this situation. This team will play all competitions until the end.
The likely escalation of Real Madrid against Villarreal is as follows: Courtois; Tobias, Militão, Nacho and Mendy; Kroos, Camavinga and Ceballos; Rodrygo, Benzema and Vini Jr.
Villarreal x Real Madrid
Date and time: 1/19/2023, at 5 pm (from Brasilia)
Place: Estadio de la Cerámica, in Villarreal (ESP)
Where to watch: ESPN 4 and Star+
VILLARREAL (Coach: Quique Setien)
Reigns; Cuenca, Albiol, Pau Torres and Alberto Moreno; Capoue, Morlanes and Parejo; Chukwueze, Moreno and Pino
REAL MADRID (Coach: Carlo Ancelotti)
Courtois; Tobias, Militão, Nacho and Mendy; Kroos, Camavinga and Ceballos; Rodrygo, Benzema and Vini Jr.