Holders Real Betis were handed an attractive draw
against Real Madrid in the quarter-finals of the King's Cup on Friday.
The Andalucians, who are battling for survival in the Primera Liga this season,
play the first leg at home next week and the return at the Bernabeu seven days
"Betis are going to be tough opponents, but if we show the same determination
and attitude as we did against Athletic (Bilbao) then we have a good chance of
making it through," Real midfielder David Beckham told the club's website.
"Playing the second leg at home will make us more aggressive and give us an
The Cup has become one of Real's priorities this year after their chances of
winning the league have faded in the face of Barcelona's irresistible form.
Real eased their way into the last eight after a 4-0 win over a sorry looking
Athletic Bilbao on Thursday allowed them to complete a 5-0 aggregate victory
over the Basque side.
Barca will meet the winners of the tie between Atletico Madrid and Real Zaragoza
which was postponed after 14 members of the Atletico squad were laid low by a
The Catalans stormed their way into the quarters when they completed a crushing
9-1 aggregate victory over third division Zamora, with a 6-0 win at the Nou Camp
Zaragoza, who beat Barca in the quarter-finals on the way to winning the Cup two
years ago, have the upper hand in the tie against Atletico after a 1-0 win in
the first leg at the Calderon.
In one of the most evenly balanced ties a rejuvenated Deportivo Coruna will meet
an improving Valencia, while at least one of the Primera Liga's more modest
sides will make the semis after Cadiz and Espanyol were paired.