Next Match: away to Barcelona, December 14
Marcelino has pledged to field a strong side in the Copa del Rey tie with Elche, although confirmed he would field a number of non-regulars, such as goalkeeper Juan Carlos and defender Pantic. However, he emphasised his confidence in both players, telling a press conference: "They haven't played a lot this season, but I think they are in good condition and working as hard as they can to get their chance, which has come around now." And the coach praised the strength of his squad on the whole. "One of the great virtues of this team is that we have a strong squad that is committed to what we are doing, and is very motivated. This means we have the option of giving everyone a chance to play, as we are doing now."