Provincial derby at Camilo Cano in the second round of the Copa del Rey during the “bridge” of Their Majesties of the East. La Nucía, from Second B, will face a single match against Elche, from LaLiga Santander, between next January 5 and 7, according to the result of the draw held yesterday at the headquarters of the Royal Spanish Football Federation in Las Rozas .
The other Alicante team present in the draw, CD Alcoyano, will host Huesca in El Collao, one of the First teams occupying relegation places for the moment. The Alcoyan team, which is going through its best moment of the season with two consecutive victories in the League and a third in the Cup on Thursday against Laredo (4-1), were confident that luck would provide them with a rival with more pedigree (Atlético, Sevilla or Valencia), but he welcomes his crossing with the Alto Aragonese team, recently promoted to First after finishing last year as LaLiga Smartbank champion.
Among the rest of the pairings of First Division teams, Cornellà-Atlético de Madrid, Linares-Sevilla, Multivera-Betis, Yeclano-Valencia, Cultural-Leonesa Granada and Córdoba-Getafe stand out. In this second round of Cups, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Real Sociedad and Athletic Club are exempt, which in mid-January will play the Spanish Super Cup in Andalusia as first and second classified in the last League and finalists in the previous Copa del Rey, respectively.
Of the three teams from the province that are still in contention in the Cup, Elche is the only one that does not interrupt their league competition during Christmas, unlike the other two teams in the bronze category. What’s more, a very eventful end of the year awaits the French-green people: today they visit the leader Atlético de Madrid; on Tuesday the 22nd they host Osasuna in a crucial duel for their permanence and on Wednesday the 30th, a Real Madrid will visit Martínez Valero on the rise.
Before visiting La Nucía at the Camilo Cano, Jorge Almirón’s team will do the same on Sunday, January 3 (2:00 p.m.) with Athletic Club on the 17th day of the League and after the provincial cup derby, the French-Green will receive on Sunday 10 (18.30) to Getafe on the return of Azulón coach José Bordalás to Martínez Valero.
The schedule is also tightening for the rojillo team of the Marina Baixa, trained by César Ferrando, who also coached Elche in the Second Division for 10 games in the 2011-12 season. After the provincial derby of the KO tournament, La Nucía will resume the League with another Alicante stake in Rico Pérez against Hercules, second classified in group 3B.
This is the second participation of the rojillo team in the Cup, after the eventful tie last year against Mérida, in which they had to travel twice to Extremadura because the first match was suspended by the wind and they lost in the resumption several days later. And the crossing with Elche will be his first confrontation with a team of the highest category of Spanish football.
Despite the obvious differences in entity, staff and budget, La Nucía has options to pass the tie, according to what Kiko Lacasa, sports director of the Marina Baixa team, said after the draw. “We would have preferred Atlético de Madrid or Valencia, but Elche is also a First team and on top of it is from the province so it is another incentive,” said Lacasa, who sees La Nucía with the possibility of beating the franjiverdes after the difficulties that the Elche team went through in the first round to beat Buñol of Regional Preferente by 1-2, reports Efe.
For his part, Vicente Parras, Alcoyano coach, showed his satisfaction for the match with Huesca after eliminating Cantabrian Laredo (4-1) last night and did not regret that they did not get a “big” from Primera.
The coach explained that he does not feel any disappointment “for not having played this or that team” and added that he would have “felt bad” if instead of a rival like Huesca, which is in the elite of Spanish football, they had been paired with a Second, “for that I am happy,” he added.
In his second season in the team after taking him back to Second B the year after relegation, Parras understands that this pairing should be experienced “like a party that it is.”
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