Real Madrid – Osasuna: The Twentieth For Madrid (2-1)
Osasuna put up a fight, but it was not enough to pull off a surprise. A sensational brace from Rodrygo handed Real Madrid their 20th Copa del Rey, after nearly a decade of waiting.
Tactical analysis and match report by Huu Trung.
The Copa del Rey was Carlo Ancelotti’s first trophy in Spain, and it might as well be his last too, as he admitted himself prior to the match.
Real took on Osasuna, the dreamers, at Estadio Olímpico de Sevilla. Both teams' paths to the final were filled with breathtaking moments. For Real Madrid, they came back from being two goals down to record a spectacular 3-2 victory over Villarreal in the round of sixteen; before pulling off yet another Remontada at Camp Nou, turning the tables from a 0-1 deficit in the second leg by a masterful 4-0 thrashing to book their place in the final, for the first time since 2014.
Osasuna’s road to the final was no less dramatic. They eliminated the defending champions - Real Betis - on the shootout spot, followed by Sevilla in the quarterfinal and Athletic Club in the semis, the latter two ties won in extra time. The Navarre side would come into this match with the weapon of faith, aiming to complete their fairytale on a happy note.
Jagoba rested his whole starting lineup except for Oroz against Barcelona, to make sure his team played the historic final in the best physical shape possible. Nacho Vidal was the only absence from his team. Ancelotti also fielded a rotated team last time out to prepare for the final. Real Madrid traveled with a full squad, even though Luka Modrić and Ferland Mendy were . . .