- Copa del Rey matchup announced
The draw for the Copa del Rey round of 32 took place yesterday and Atlético Madrid were drawn against Elche CF. The away leg will take place on October 25, 26 or 27, while the return fixture will take place at the Wanda Metropolitano on November 28, 29 or 30.
The best ever result for Elche in the competition came in 1969 when they finished as runners up to Athletic Bilbao. The last meeting between the clubs came in LaLiga play during the 2014-15 season. Atlético came away victorious both home and away during that season, and Elche were administratively relegated to the Segunda Divisíon due to unpaid debts, despite finishing 13th that year. They’re also Saúl’s hometown team, and he seemed pleased with the draw:
Nuestros caminos se vuelven a cruzar.Feliz por jugar en mi tierra— Saúl Ñiguez Esclapez (@saulniguez) September 28, 2017
⚪️ ❤️⚪️@Atleti @elchecfoficial pic.twitter.com/lmTNYe0CoE
- Video Assistant Referee coming to Spanish football — maybe
AS are reporting that LaLiga president Javier Tebas met with Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) representatives to discuss the implementation of Video Assistant Referee in Spain. Tebas is on record with his desire to bring the new technology to LaLiga.
Behind the scenes testing of VAR is set to take place during Copa del Rey matches this season, with the Wanda Metropolitano being singled out in the report as a testing site. There is currently no formal timeline for the full rollout of VAR, but it seems likely that implementation is just a matter of time, with other major leagues including the Bundesliga and Serie A launching the technology this season.
- Filipe Luís injured against Chelsea
To add insult to injury—or perhaps the other way around—full back Filipe Luís suffered a hamstring injury during the midweek loss to Chelsea, the club announced. No timeline is given for his recovery, but he will certainly be doubtful for the match against Leganés this weekend.