Copa del Rey turning into a reserve team tournament and failing to lure fans
Fri Oct 27, 2017 9:42 am
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Lowly Ponferradina stun Villarreal to earn first leg lead
Elche hold Atletico Madrid
The top-tier teams' decision to feature plenty of fringe SBOBET players in their Copa del Rey fixtures resulted into low attendance numbers across the stadiums.
Since the introduction of the new cup format in 2005/06, the LaLiga teams have used the competition as an opportunity to rotate their squad, with collectively only 29 bona fide starting players participating so far in this week's round of 32.
The clubs that take part in European SBOBET competitions were hosted by teams such as Murcia, Elche, Cartagena, Formentera and Ponferrada but none of them saw their stands filled with fans.
While 20,000 supporters attended Estadio La Condomina to watch Murcia's game against Barcelona, just 2,376 people showed up for Villarreal's loss to Ponferradina.
Celta Vigo was the team that kept five regular SBOBET starters in their XI while the Blaugrana along with Leganes decided to almost fully rotate their squad.