Even though last season’s Copa del Rey final has yet to be played, the Royal Spanish Football Federation pressed ahead on Monday morning with the draw for the 2020/21 competition.
Atlético Madrid will face Club Esportiu Cardassar in December to kick off what the team hopes will be a good run through this year’s Copa. Atlético have underperformed in the tournament in the past two seasons, as Girona dumped out Los Colchoneros in 2019 before Cultural Leonesa produced a shocking upset 10 months ago.
This one-off match against Cardassar is set to take place on Dec. 16, between the derby against Real Madrid on Dec. 13 and a home game versus Elche on Dec. 20. A visit to current leaders Real Sociedad on Dec. 23 follows — meaning Atleti face a daunting four-games-in-10-days stretch.
Atlético last qualified for the quarterfinals in 2018, the semifinals in 2017, and have not reached the final since winning it in 2013.
As for the opposition — founded in 1924, Cardassar are based in Mallorca and play in Tercera, the fourth division of Spanish football. The team plays at Es Moleter in Sant Llorenç, a municipality east of the capital Palma. The community has a population of roughly 8,500 people.