Jan 21, 2014 at 8pm UK at ​Estadi Cornellà-El Prat
Espanyol
0-1
Real Madrid

Sanchez (83'), Casanova Abraham (91')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Benzema (25')
Ramos (72')

Javier Aguirre hoping for tight first leg

Espanyol head coach Javier Aguirre reacts on the touchline during the match against Valencia on August 24, 2013
© Getty Images
Espanyol boss Javier Aguirre admits that his side cannot afford to suffer a heavy first-leg defeat to Real Madrid in their Copa del Rey quarter-final.

Espanyol boss Javier Aguirre has admitted that his side need to 'keep the tie alive' when they welcome Real Madrid to Barcelona for the first leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final.

Madrid travel to the El Prat this having won their last seven matches in all competitions, but Aguirre has hinted that his side cannot afford to suffer a defeat this evening.

"They are the favourites and we must understand this. We must go to next week's game with options. Then we can go all out if need be," he told reporters at a press conference.

"By keeping it alive I mean not having a difference of two or three goals because then the tie is decided. We'll try to stay near them, both on the pitch and the scoreboard."

The second leg will take place at the Bernabeu next week.

Espanyol head coach Javier Aguirre reacts on the touchline during the match against Valencia on August 24, 2013
Read Next:
Preview: Espanyol vs. Real Madrid
>
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole



Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Leganes11001013
2Valencia11001013
3Athletic Bilbao00000000
4Atletico MadridAtletico00000000
5Barcelona00000000
6Celta Vigo00000000
7Deportivo La CorunaDeportivo00000000
8EibarEibar00000000
9Espanyol00000000
10Getafe00000000
11GironaGirona00000000
12Levante00000000
13Malaga00000000
14Real Betis00000000
15Real Madrid00000000
16Real Sociedad00000000
17Sevilla00000000
18Villarreal00000000
19AlavesAlaves100101-10
20Las PalmasLas Palmas100101-10