It's the time of year when the RFEF throws its hat into the ring of the scheduling mayhem in Spain, adding the King's Cup double-headers into an already packed program.
Often, this leads to teams playing each other several times in a a few days, which is the case with Real Madrid and Valencia, and Barcelona and Malaga.
Both the "big two" won their first games comfortably enough, although Valencia was up in arms about the referee's performance after the match, citing dodgy offside calls, a not-given penalty and a handball by Gonzalo Higuain.
Barcelona was pegged back by Malaga in a 2-2 first-leg tie at Camp Nou, a surprise result after Manuel Pellegrini's side passed off the pitch last Sunday.
Valencia will fancy its chances of doing the same thing next week at home to Real in the second leg. In the meantime, it has the opportunity for some swift retribution for the apparent wrongs of the cup game.
Here are five things for Real to look out for.