Next Match: at home to Real Madrid, December 14
Goalkeeper Asier Riesgo has explained that there is a sense of optimism among the Osasuna squad as they prepare to head to Malaga for the first leg of their first Copa del Rey tie of the season. "The fact that the game is not during the week and so we have more time to prepare for it, plus the fact that we could face Real Madrid in the last 16, are all motivating factors for us," he told a press conference. "We're going to try and get through the tie so we're going to try and get a good result over there and try and finish off the tie in Pamplona. We won in Malaga in the League and we have to repeat the good things we did in that game, but it's going to be difficult."