21 Jan Zinedine Zidane defends Actual Madrid’s shock Copa del Rey exit: ‘It isn’t a shame’
Actual Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has taken full duty for Thursday’s early exit from the Copa del Rey by the hands of Spanish third division aspect Alcoyano however says the upset is “not a shame.”
Madrid misplaced 2-1 in extra-time within the final 32 with Alcoyano enjoying the final 10 minutes of the sport a person down after Ramon Lopez’s sending off.
“We tried,” Zidane mentioned after the match. “The gamers gave their all on the pitch.
“I am the coach, the duty is mine. I am accountable. We have performed towards a 3rd division team and we should always have received however it’s not a shame.”
Requested if he’s feeling the warmth, Zidane mentioned: “I am calm. We are going to see what occurs within the subsequent few days.”
Casemiro and Lucas Vazquez have 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 in the beginning of additional time within the hope of discovering the winner.
Nevertheless, it was Alcoyano that struck 5 minutes from time.
“That is football,” Zidane mentioned. “These are issues that occur within the lifetime of a footballer. Had we scored the second aim it will have been a unique sport. Their goalkeeper made two or three saves.”
Madrid had gone into the encounter trying to bounce again from final week’s Tremendous Cup semifinal defeat to Athletic Bilbao.
“It is one other painful day,” he mentioned. “We are actually out of the Copa. It is a tough time. However we’re not going to go loopy proper now. We’re going to assume and proceed to work.”
Zidane believes he nonetheless has the assist of his gamers.
“Sure, I believe so,” he mentioned. “However it’s a must to ask the gamers. We’re all on the identical boat. All defeats are painful. I do not wish to lose and neither do my gamers. Now now we have La Liga and the Champions League to focus on.”
Alcoyano can hardly imagine they shocked Actual Madrid.
“We are going to want a number of days for this to sink in,” Alcoyano’s Juan Antonio Casanova, who scored the winner mentioned. “We had nothing to lose, a 3rd division aspect 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, mentioned: “They [Real Madrid] needed to convey out [on the pitch] everybody however we performed a improbable sport.
“It might be wonderful it we reached the ultimate of this competitors. Our most important focus in on the league and in Sunday’s sport towards Orihuela.”