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Copa Del Rey 2013: Teams to Watch for in Round of 16
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As the Copa del Rey 2013 round of 32 comes to a close this week, there are a few teams that have a leg up against the competition at the start of 2014.

As the teams enter the round of 16, with the first leg set to begin on Jan. 7, Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and Barcelona have already made substantial marks on the field.

Here are some reasons why these teams are bound for glory.

 

Atletico Madrid

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Copa del Rey 2012-13 champions Atletico Madrid came into this season on full momentum from its win in the previous season.

With a 14-1-1 record currently, Atletico has the second-leading goalscorer in the Copa this season with midfielder Arda TuranTuran scored two goals against Sant Andreu in a 4-0 round of 32 first-leg victory on Dec. 7.

Also, forward Diego Costa has proven to be a powerhouse on the attack, scoring two of the team's three goals in its 3-0 shutout over Valencia in La Liga on Dec. 15.

Between the team's strong attack and ability to maintain possession for lengthy minutes, Atletico is bound for more wins down the road.

 

Real Madrid 

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Copa del Rey 2012-13 runner-up Real Madrid enters the round of 16 with a 12-2-2 record this season, after some fresh faces for the team took the field and defeated Olimpic de Xativa 2-0 in the round of 32.

Los Blancos may not have had the star talent in Cristiano Ronaldo or Gareth Bale, but they possess the talents of Argentinian midfielder Angel di Maria, who scored one of the team's first-half goals for the victory over Olimpic.

Di Maria has scored three goals in the Champions League and one goal in La Liga to become the first Real Madrid player to score goals in all three competitions.

Between Di Maria's goal-scoring prowess this year and the scoring opportunities players like Asier Illarramendi have shown, Real Madrid has a chance of going to another final appearance.

 

Barcelona

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The 2011-12 Copa del Rey champions in Barcelona are a favorite to forge ahead in competition.

Why?

Well with a 14-1-1 record this season, the team already has the leading goalscorer in the Copa this year on its side.

Pedro dominates the goal chart with three goals in Copa competition this year. Most recently, Pedro struck the ball to the back of the net in the 30th minute to help Barca grab an early 1-0 lead over Cartagena and eventually the 3-0 victory.

Oh, and then there's Neymar.

 

These highly competitive teams will make their way back onto the field in January. Atletico will face the winner of the matchup between Valencia and Nastic Tarragona, while Barcelona faces Getafe on Jan. 8. Real Madrid is set for a round of 16 first-leg matchup with Osasuna on Jan. 8 or 9.

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