Barcelona face Atlético in pick of quarter finals
The pick of the quarter final ties will see Catalan giants Barcelona face a tough trip to Madrid to take on Atlético at the Wanda Metropolitano. Barcelona, the most successful side in the history of the competition, having lifted the cup a record 30 times, were handed the tricky tie after comfortably seeing off Sporting Gijón in the previous round, Samuel Umtiti and Ousmane Dembélé with the goals for the visitors in the 2-0 win. For their part, Atlético, who have also lifted the trophy an impressive 10 times, needed penalties to see off Segunda Division side Mallorca, the match still goal-less at the end of extra time.
Neighbours Real Madrid, 19 time winners of the competition, will play host to fellow La Liga side Villarreal after they dumped out Espanyol 2-0, with Sergio Ramos and Federico Valverde doing the damage for the current league champions. Villarreal, who have never lifted the trophy, will go into the tie with confidence after an extremely impressive 3-0 win over Athletic Bilbao, 23 time former winners themselves. Gerard Moreno opened the scoring after just 14 minutes, before grabbing a second in the second half, Santiago Cáseres completing the rout.
The third all La Liga tie sees Getafe host Alavés, both sides having reached finals previously but yet to win the trophy. Getafe needed a 72nd minute goal from full-back Djene Dakonam, to edge past Real Sociedad 1-0, while Alavés also progressed courtesy of the odd goal, Lucas from the penalty spot in a 1-0 win away against Granada.
The final tie sees 2018/19 winners Valencia host Celta Vigo, 3 time losing finalists. Valencia were in fine attacking form as they dispatched of Segunda Division side Zaragoza with relative ease, winning 5-2 with the ever impressive Maxi Gómez helping himself to four goals in the rout. Celta Vigo faced a far tougher task as they hosted fellow La Liga rivals Osasuna, and were massively aided when the visitors were reduced to 10 men just 2 minutes into the game, Juan Cruz receiving a straight red. Despite the man advantage, it took an Iago Aspas penalty just 3 minutes from time to see Celta progress into the final stages of the competition, and the tough task of an away tie to La Mestalla.