For many Real Madrid fans, this month’s Copa del Rey clash with third-tier Fuenlabrada is nothing to worry about, but some will nervously remember the ‘ Alcorconazo ‘, the time they lost 4-0 to Alcorcon, a similarly modest foe.
Current Fuenlabrada captain Ruben Sanz was in the Alcorcon squad that night in 2009 and he is aiming for a repeat this time around.
“People tell me that we’ll repeat the Alcorconazo,” he said, during a visit to MARCA’s offices, along with club president Jonathan Praena and coach Antonio Calderon.
“That day everything went right for us.
“We ran and ran and we didn’t get tired.
“We didn’t quite realise everything that happened until the next day, when our training session was attended by lots of members of the press.
“The key was to face the game full of respect and desire.
“Even though they’re in the first division and we’re in the Segunda B, why not dream of winning?”
From the president’s point of view, it would be an achievement just to keep the tie alive beyond the first leg, which will be played at Fuenlabrada’s Estadio Fernando Torres, named after their most famous former player.
“Any positive result is fine for me,” Praena said.
“Even a 2-1 would suit me, as the tie would remain alive for when we head to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.”
As for Calderon, the coach, he is confident and he stressed that his players will try to treat this hosting of the European champions like any other match.
“We will compete just as we would in the league, although I won’t have to do anything to make sure the players are motivated for this one,” he explained.
“It won’t be easy for Real Madrid and they’ll have to beat us to progress.
“We don’t give anything away.
“If they don’t feel comfortable then that means we’ve already won a lot.”
For Fuenlabrada, they hope that this won’t be the most important match of their season, as they’re also aiming to secure promotion to the second division, something seven of the previous 10 Segunda B teams to play Real Madrid in the cup have done.
“That is a statistic which excites us and we hope to join that list,” the president Praena said.
“We have a three-year project and this is the third year.
“We hope to go up this year, but if not then the next year.”
Currently, Fuenlabrada are third in their Segunda B group, Group 1.