Jan 21, 2014 at 8pm UK at ‚ÄčEstadi Cornell√†-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

Aguirre hoping for tight first leg
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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
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