Real Madrid's chances of winning La Liga this season took another hit on Saturday following their 1-0 loss to Real Betis, but Los Blancos are still one of the favorites to win the Copa del Rey.
Madrid will play Segunda Division club Alcoyano in the second leg of their fourth-round fixture on Tuesday, and are well-positioned to progress in this tournament after winning the first leg 4-1.
Now Los Blancos return to the Santiago Bernabeu needing another dominant performance to prove that their form isn't declining at an important time in the season.
Madrid are now 11 points behind rivals Barcelona in the league title race, and currently sit in third place, eight points behind Atletico Madrid.
It's very surprising to see Madrid not in one of the two top spots in the league table as we approach the month of December, but Los Blancos are not playing well against teams that they should have little trouble defeating.
It's clear that the Champions League is manager Jose Mourinho's top priority this season, but the Copa del Rey is a very winnable trophy as well.
Madrid has won this competition just once (2011) since 1993, but with Barcelona still alive in the competition as the defending champions, Mourinho's men will be very motivated to take the title away from their rivals.
If Madrid were to stumble in European play and fail to win the Champions League, the Copa del Rey would become the only trophy they would have a chance of lifting this season.
It's important that Madrid take this game seriously and not allow Alcoyano to have any hope of pulling off a remarkable comeback.
When: Tuesday, November 27 at 3:30 p.m. ET
Watch: beIN Sport 1 (United States), Canal+ 1 (Spain)
Where: Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain