With Atletico Madrid pulling away at the top of the Santander table, the Copa del Rey is suddenly seen in a different light by , for whom it could be their best shot at getting their hands on some silverware this season.

Granada vs Barcelona: A safe route to a trophy this season 1

It might seem unimportant for a club whose aim at the beginning of every season is to win everything, but securing the Copa, even if it is just the Copa, could be a vital boost for a club going through a relative dry spell, not to mention their off-field problems.

For , it could also be the route to remaining in his post next season.

In that context, it is likely that on Wednesday night against Granada the Dutchman will once again field a strong side, with few rotations.

Granada vs Barcelona: A safe route to a trophy this season 2


Granada were once a team feared by all top sides, and since head coach Diego Martinez came in something of that giantkilling spirit has been regained.

That said, on LaLiga Santander duty just a few weeks ago, Barcelona ran out 4-0 victors at the Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes.

The Andalusians will be out to avenge that loss and the defeat suffered the last time they met the Blaugrana in the Copa: the 1959 final.

Diego Martinez will have to be creative, however, as he faces this colossal task without a number of players, such as Luis Milla and Maxime Gonalons who miss out through injury, and Yangel Herrera, who tested positive for .

Granada vs Barcelona in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals kicks off at 21:00 (CET).