The Copa del Rey returns for another round

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Messi celebrations: The dominant Barcelona claimed the Copa del Rey crown last season, but who will progress through to the next round in the next set of cup fixtures?

Copa del Rey 2012 victors Barcelona will be hoping to carry their fantastic start in La Liga into the cup competition on Tuesday night.

Catalan boss Tito Vilanova has effortlessly taken the Spanish giants forward following the resignation of former coach Pep Guardiola at the end of the last campaign.

They will now focus their attentions on the domestic cup competition when they take a trip to Alaves in the first leg of their fixture on Tuesday.

David Villa scored Barcelona’s opening goal against Vallecano on Saturday but is refusing to underestimate Jose Carlos Granero’s men.

“We proved that we don’t tire easily. The daily work is vital and we have the same attitude that we’ve always had,” the frontman said on the club’s official website.

“I’m very pleased with how everything is going, I was able to help the team and I’m getting more minutes each time we play.

“Victories don’t come easy. In the Copa, against Alaves, we need a good result because it’s a difficult stadium and they’ll be very focused.”

Valencia also face lower league competition when they face minnows Llagostera, and their manager, Oriol Alsina, is excited about the big game.

“Now I think we can all party on Tuesday in this tournament to come,” he told Llagostera’s official website.

Like Barcelona, Valencia will not go into the game expecting the victory to be a foregone conclusion, and Los Che sporting director Braulio Vazquez has stressed to his players not to be complacent.

“We have to go out there to compete with respect, even if we think we are favourites,” he said.

Alcoyano president Juan Serrano is confident his side can produce an unexpected giant-killing when they host Real Madrid on Wednesday evening.

Segunda Division B side Alcoyano have been in good form recenty and president Juan Serrano believes his side should not be taken lightly.

“If we can survive the game at El Callao, we will prepare for Madrid,” he said.

“I believe that 80 per cent of the tie will be decided at El Callao. If Jose Mourinho is smart, which I do not doubt, they will come here with all their artillery and not reserve anything for the return at the Bernabeu.”

Atletico Madrid, who are currently flying high in La Liga and are joint top with Barcelona, travel to Jaen, while in-form Malaga will be looking to demonstrate why they are third in La Liga when they take on Cecereno. Almeria host Celta Vigo in a potential banana skin fixture for the away side.

The only all La Liga match sees Granada travel to Real Zaragoza in the first leg of the fixture, and Sporting Gijon host Osasuna on Thursday to wrap up this round of the Copa del Rey.

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