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Spanish Cup Quarterfinal Showdown – Atlético Madrid vs Sevilla F.C.

Sevilla and Atletico Madrid meet in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey this Thursday as both teams look to give meaning to their seasons by lifting a trophy. Both of these teams can be huge threats in a one-off knockout scenario, with enough talent amongst both sides for a moment of magic.

Atletico Madrid vs Sevilla F.C – Date, Kick-off Time, and Venue

The quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey are played over a single leg, so the result will be decided tonight, even if it means the match has to go to a penalty shootout.

Atletico Madrid takes place tonight at the Civitas Metropolitan Stadium in Madrid.

  • Date: Thursday, January 25
  • Venue: Civitas Metropolitan Stadium
  • Kick-off time: 20:00 UK time / 21:00 CET / 15:00 ET

Team Form – Recent Performances

Atletico Madrid have won every single one of their games in 2024 – except the 5-3 defeat to Real Madrid on January 10 in the Spanish Super Cup. Eight days later they had their revenge, winning their last Copa del Rey game 4-2 against Carlo Ancelotti’s men. Their last match was on Monday, January 23, when they beat Granada 1-0 away.

Sevilla have not won a Liga game this year, with their last result a 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Girona on Sunday. Their game before then was a 3-1 win at Getafe in the cup to reach this stage.

Journey to the Quarterfinals – Team Progression in the Spanish Cup

Atletico received a huge boost to their morale with that victory over their arch-rivals Real Madrid, particularly given they are out of the title race and in fourth spot, and with the disappointment of their loss in the Super Cup. 

A 3-1 win at Lugo at the start of the year in the Copa gave Memphis the chance for a morale-boosting and match-winning brace.

Sevilla had that impressive win at Getafe where they were aided by returning hero Sergio Ramos’ early strike, and their first round win was a 2-1 victory against minnows Racing Ferrol.

Atletico Madrid vs Sevilla FC tactical Battle – Managers’ Strategies Unveiled

Sevilla play a fast-tempo and direct style as they look to overload their opponents on the counter, to exploit space, while at the same time they look to retain possession of the ball. Quique Sanchez Flores is happy employing both a 3-5-2 and 4-3-3 approach.

Atletico have evolved under Diego Simeone with a number of approaches, and this year he has found success by pressing high up the pitch to pick up the pieces from their opponent’s long balls to get out of trouble. From there they attack at pace, looking to find holes in the defence’s backline to pounce on with their pacey forwards.

Key Players – Impactful Figures on the Pitch

For Atletico Madrid, they look to Memphis Depay to provide pace through the middle and down the channels, while the talismanic Antoine Griezmann still has the qualities to slice open defenders.

Alvaro Morata is an exceptionally consister striker, and players such as Saul, Stefan Savic and Rodrigo De Paul all offer support.

For Sevilla, they have a trio boasting huge experience in Jesus Navas, Ivan Rakitic and Sergio Ramos, but new loan signings Lucien Agoume and Hannibal could provide a spark for the second half of the season.

Atletico Madrid vs Sevilla FC pre-match Analysis – Cup Dynamics and Unique Pressures

Sevilla sit 17th in La Liga and are enduring one of their worst seasons in recent memories. The club has often produced an outstanding Europa League campaign to end with triumph, but they are already out of Europe and now only have the Copa del Rey to play for – apart from league survival, of course.

Atletico Madrid under Diego Simeone are almost always a hard-working, determined proposition who have players capable of genius and thrills, such as Memphis Depay and Antoine Griezmann. In fourth place, they have little hope of winning the title, but will have one eye on their upcoming Champions League knockout tie with Inter Milan. That might be a chance for Sevilla to spring a surprise. 

With only 90 minutes guaranteed, a single error or goal could be decisive.

Fan Engagement – Socios.com and Cup Fever

Socios.com allows Sevilla and Atletico Madrid fans to earn Fan Tokens  and use Fan Rewards to gain  the chance of exclusive access to their side. Fan Tokens have allowed fans to get behind-the-scenes access to clubs, meet legends from their teams, check into games and choose not just their favourite players, but also take part in polls to pick things like first team kits and merchandise.

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