The Madrid Cup

A question is repeated every year before the draw for the Copa del Rey: When can the Clásico take place? If the answer is 'in the final', everyone is so happy.


The WiZink Center hosted this Monday the draw for the Copa del Rey basketball, an act that, from the media perspective, always has a focus that shines more powerfully than the rest, a question that is repeated every year: When can to produce the Classic? If the answer is 'in the final', everyone is so happy. Then you have to get to it, of course, which in the KO tournament is not an easy task. The 2021 draw has left that road open, but with serious obstacles along the way: Real Madrid will face Valencia, the Euroleague team, in the quarterfinals, and Barça will play with Unicaja, the current runner-up. Morbidity is served, and much more in the Palace, where they starred two years ago in the controversial end of Instant Replay. The other two crosses are also full of attractions, with the return of Baskonia after a year of absence to face Joventut, their last executioner in 2019, and with the debutant Burgos against the emerging Tenerife. "It's going to be a show, I have no doubts," says Antonio Martín, the president of ACB. Sportingly speaking.

Martín refers to the show on the court, to that of the "best basketball", and also to the one that will arrive on television, specially worked for the occasion. The party, however, will not be complete. The public will be missing, the color on the platform, the coexistence in the street, the best gathering of hobbies. February is too close for this to change. The pandemic rules. We must be grateful that Madrid, in these circumstances, has lent its support to the Cup, just as they are doing with other sports in the first two months of the year: handball, futsal, rugby, athletics ... A varied agenda to cope with the better way the misfortunes. Sport resists and helps to resist. Although nothing will ever be the same until we embrace each other in the stands.

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