After being selected to face neighbours Cornella in their Copa del Rey opener, Barcelona must make their way past the minnows who shocked Atletico Madrid.
At the last-32 level, the Barca side of Ronald Koeman will join the competition and the record 30-time champions will certainly take Cornella seriously after their fellow Catalans won a 1-0 victory over Atletico on Wednesday.
Located less than 10 miles away from Barcelona’s Camp Nou, Cornella’s Camp Municipal Stadium makes it a dream draw for the Segunda B team.
In a competitive match, the two teams have never met, although Barca B are frequent Cornella opponents in Segunda B.
After an uneven start to the season, Koeman’s side are currently third in La Liga, but they are unbeaten in seven matches since a 3-0 loss against Juventus in the Champions League at the beginning of last month.
A spectacular flick from Adrian Jimenez was enough to see Cornella through on Wednesday in Catalonia at the cost of a below-par Atleti.
Saul Niguez hit the woodwork and with a free-kick, Lucas Torreira went tight, but the visitors were unable to find a way past a stubborn Cornella defense. The dismissal of Ricard Sanchez for a second yellow card rounded off a disastrous evening for the side of Diego Simeone.
“They competed well and they played the game they wanted to play, and then kept it like that,” “They had intensity so you really just have to congratulate them. When a rival outperforms you, you just have to congratulate them.”
Cornella is one of six Spanish third-tier teams left in the competition and Real Madrid will face another in the form of Alcoyano, who this week defeated Huesca’s La Liga warriors.