Iñaki Peña and ten more in the Cup

The goalkeeper Iñaki Peña will experience a very special match this Wednesday in Alicante. It will be its official debut in Cup competition and his second appearance with the first team, after playing the last game of the Champions League in Plzen on November 1, with a victory for the blaugrana (2-4) against the Czech side Viktoria. In addition, there has been an added component to add to the decision: Peña was born in Alicante 23 years ago, so the emotional factor will also have its weight for the second Blaugrana goalkeeper.

Xavi Hernández plans to give Iñaki the title in the team’s debut in the Cup against InterCity from Alicante, a team that plays in the First Federation. It will not be the only novelty in the eleven: some more change is expected to give continuity to players who have fewer minutes, such as Héctor Bellerín, Memphis Depay or Franck Kessié, among others.

But the case of Iñaki Peña is special, since despite being a regular in the calls –He has more than 120 in the first team-, has only played one official match so far. You have to remember that last season was the Brazilian goalkeeper Neto Murara who was under the sticks against Linares in the first round of the Cup. Subsequently, Iñaki went on loan to Turkish Galatasaray, where he ended up facing Barcelona in the round of 16 of the Europa League, with a stellar performance from him.

As a curiosity, Iñaki has the debatable ‘honour’ of being the only LaLiga footballer who, without ever having played in this competition, has already accumulated a yellow card. And it is that Mateu Lahoz, in the frenetic madness of his cards, ended up also showing one to the second goalkeeper at the end of the derby last Saturday.

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Peña has already accumulated many seasons between the first team and the subsidiary. In fact, this is the first season where he is already a first-team player for all intents and purposes, even though he still wears the number 26. This situation will be resolved in the next few days, since the club wants to close his renewal as soon as possible -contract ends on June 30-, offering him a three-year contract and with a first team record.

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