Real Madrid have been drawn against Levante while the two most decorated teams in the competition’s history – Barcelona (25 wins) and Athletic Bilbao (23) – came out of the hat together in what is without doubt the tie of the round. The clubs last met in the 2009 final when Barcelona won 4-1 in the Mestalla, Valencia, with goals from Yaya Toure, Messi, Bojan and Xavi.
There are also a couple of local derbies to get passions racing. Villarreal have been matched with great rivals Valencia in what is sure to a highly-charged affair, and with the La Liga title probably destined to go to either Real or Barca this could be the best chance either side has of claiming any domestic silverware this season. In southern Spain there is also the small matter of an Andalucian ‘derby’ to be taken care of as Manuel Pellegrini’s M