The Endesa League rests this weekend to make way for the King’s Cup 2021. Madrid hosts this season the competition – it also did it in 2019 – in which the eight best teams from the first round will play for the title. From Thursday, February 11 to Sunday, February 14, basketball will be breathed in the capital, although in a decaffeinated way. This season, for obvious reasons, the hobby party will not exist as such. The absence of the public will be the main differential note in this Cup, which is not saved from the pandemic either.
In fact, this season, there will be two reserve teams in case, before the competition starts, a coronavirus outbreak occurs in any participating team. Real Madrid, Barcelona, Tenerife, Baskonia, San Pablo Burgos, Valencia, Juventut Y Unicaja the title will be played, but UCAM Murcia Y Baxi Manresa they will be attentive in case their incorporation is necessary at the last minute.
If all goes well, the competition will take place under the new normal. The qualifiers are now closed and the eight participants already know the path that awaits them until the final. Again whites and culés start off as favorites to win, but they could only meet in the final. But if there is one thing that stands out for Copa del Rey It is because of the surprises he has us used to.
The rooms, starting Thursday
On Thursday the competition will begin and it will do so with an exciting Lenovo Tenerife – San Pablo Burgos. The third-placed in the Endesa League will open the competition against the brand-new Intercontinental champion, who does not renounce to give the bell, as he did in the final phase of the League last year, reaching the semifinals. The duel will be played on Thursday, February 11, at 6:30 p.m..
Three hours later, at 21:30 hours, will start the second quarter game. The time of the host has arrived, that of the main favorite, who is measured against his executioner in the last League. The Real Madrid will seek revenge before Valencia Basket, in which it will undoubtedly be the most exciting match of the first round.
On Friday the action resumes with the Baskonia – Youth. Those of Dusko Ivanovic will seek the semifinals against a historical one who is willing to fight in this Cup. Precisely, in the last participation of ‘la Penya ‘ In the competition, in 2019, they gave the bell in the quarterfinals by eliminating the Vitoria team. At 18:30 hours of the February 12 the duel will begin at the Wizink.
At its conclusion, the last match of the quarterfinals will begin. The Barcelona is measured at Unicaja in the other great match of the first round of the competition. Last year, the Malaga team already gave the surprise by advancing to the final, which was played at the Martín Carpena. An edition in which Barça was the great disappointment, falling at the first exchange against Valencia. The match will start at 21:30 hours.
The semis and the final, on the weekend
The weekend will begin with the semifinals. The two winners of Thursday will meet the Saturday, February 13 at 16:00 hours. Real Madrid, Valencia, Tenerife The San Pablo Burgos they will seek to be in the final on Sunday in the first of the semifinals that takes place on Saturday.
At 19:00 hours The second semi-final will take place, in which we will meet the finalist from the other part of the table. Baskonia, Juventut, Barcelona The Unicaja It will be the team that accompanies the other classified in the final on Sunday.
The Sunday, February 14 the grand final of the Copa del Rey at the Wizink Center. It will be at 18:30 hours.
Where to watch on television?
The Copa del Rey basketball 2021 can be enjoyed entirely on television, although not open. The seven matches that will be played at the Wizink Center in Madrid from Thursday, can be followed live through ‘#Let’s go’, in Movistar +.
Furthermore, in OKDIARY We will follow with special attention everything that happens throughout the week at the Palacio de los Deportes in Madrid, with minute-by-minute broadcasts of the matches played by Real Madrid and, of course, of the grand final on Sunday 14 of February at 6:30 p.m.