Zinedine Zidane defends Actual Madrid’s shock Copa del Rey exit: ‘It is not a shame’


Actual Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has taken full accountability for Thursday’s early exit from the Copa del Rey by the hands of Spanish third division facet Alcoyano however says the upset is “not a shame.”

Madrid misplaced 2-1 in extra-time within the final 32 with Alcoyano taking part in the final 10 minutes of the sport a person down after Ramon Lopez’s sending off.

“We tried,” Zidane stated after the match. “The gamers gave their all on the pitch.

“I am the coach, the accountability is mine. I am accountable. We have performed towards a 3rd division staff and we must always have gained nevertheless it’s not a shame.”

Requested if he’s feeling the warmth, Zidane stated: “I am calm. We are going to see what occurs within the subsequent few days.”

Casemiro and Lucas Vazquez had been the one regulars included in Zidane’s beginning XI towards Alcoyano.

Nevertheless, Zidane introduced out Karim Benzema after the hour and trio Toni Kroos, Eden Hazard and Marco Asensio firstly of additional time within the hope of discovering the winner.

Nevertheless, it was Alcoyano that struck 5 minutes from time.

“That is soccer,” Zidane stated. “These are issues that occur within the lifetime of a footballer. Had we scored the second objective it could have been a special recreation. Their goalkeeper made two or three saves.”

Madrid had gone into the encounter seeking to bounce again from final week’s Tremendous Cup semifinal defeat to Athletic Bilbao.

“It is one other painful day,” he stated. “We at the moment are out of the Copa. It is a tough time. However we aren’t going to go loopy proper now. We’re going to suppose and proceed to work.”

Zidane believes he nonetheless has the assist of his gamers.

“Sure, I believe so,” he stated. “However it’s a must to ask the gamers. We’re all on the identical boat. All defeats are painful. I do not prefer to lose and neither do my gamers. Now we now have La Liga and the Champions League to concentrate on.”

Alcoyano can hardly consider they stunned Actual Madrid.

“We are going to want just a few days for this to sink in,” Alcoyano’s Juan Antonio Casanova, who scored the winner stated. “We had nothing to lose, a 3rd division facet towards Actual Madrid. With 11 gamers it was going to be tough, with 10 it was all of the more difficult.”

Alcoyano goalkeeper Jose Juan, who made key saves on the evening to disclaim Madrid a win, stated: “They [Real Madrid] needed to convey out [on the pitch] everybody however we performed a implausible recreation.

“It could be wonderful it we reached the ultimate of this competitors. Our essential focus in on the league and in Sunday’s recreation towards Orihuela.”



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