Atlético Madrid’s only hope of silverware this season is the Copa del Rey, so will they move on step closer to lifting this trophy for the first time in a decade?
So far in this competition, los Colchoneros have easily seen off Almazán, Arenteiro and then Real Oviedo.
However, in La Liga, Deigo Simeone’s side are fourth, 13 points adrift the leaders, having won just one of their last six.
This includes Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Almería, in which Ángel Correa opened the scoring early, only for forgotten man Sergio Reguilón to get himself sent off late on.
Amazingly, Atleti have kept a clean sheet in just one of their last ten La Liga and Champions League games, this coming at home to rock bottom Elche.
Given their position in the table, and the fact Atlético are out of Europe all together, this trophy is all that can salvage their season.
Levante though, one of just four clubs from outside the top-flight to have made it this far, will seriously fancy their chances of an upset.
Javier Calleja’s team beat Olot and and FC Andorra in the early rounds, before knocking out La Liga outfit Getafe in the last 32.
Los Granotes reached the semi-finals of this competition in 2021, ousted by Athletic Club in extra time, and this signalled the start of their decline.
After that heartbreak in the Copa, Levante won just three of their next 36 league games, and were relegated at the end of last season.
Right now, the Frogs are third in the Segunda División, following Saturday’s win over Granada, targeting an immediate return to La Liga.
Before then, will Atleti’s season go from bad to worse at Estadi Ciutat de València?
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