We should've won: Zidane takes responsibility of defeat against Alcoyano


After watching his team collapse late in extra time against third-division club Alcoyano in the Copa del Rey, Zinedine Zidane turned his back on the field and smiled in disbelief.

Real went ahead late in the first half through Eder Militao but an 80th-minute goal from Jose Solbes forced extra time and Alcoyano's Juanan hit the victor in the 115th minute after his side had been reduced to 10 men.

Alcoyano were then reduced to ten men after Ramon Lopez was sent off following a second yellow card in the extra time. The whites were eliminated in the round of 32 of the Cup against Alcoyano (2-1) and this defeat once again leaves Zidane "touched", who thus analyzed the embarrassment of his team.

His side looked in control for most of the match but had few clear-cut opportunities.

Real travelled to the Estadio El Collao without Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane and Luka Modric in their squad, while Karim Benzema, Kroos and Hazard were named on the bench alongside first-choice goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. We play against a Second B and we have to win the game but it has not been like that.

Club legend Zidane has won three Champions League titles as a manager but is under pressure, with his side four points behind La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid - who have two games in hand. I have the responsibility, the players have tried.

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"I believe my players have faith in me, but you'll have to ask them", he said.

Real Madrid conceded late against its 10-man opponent on Wednesday to squander yet another trophy chance this season. We haven't done many good things recently, but we've also done some good things this season.

Zidane admitted after the game: 'There is always talk whenever we lose, ' said Zidane after the 2-1 cup humiliation.

"This is football, hard things because it's true that we play against a Segunda B team and we need to win the match normally, but at the end it hasn't been like that and this does not mean that this is a shame".

"Something like this can happen in a footballer's career but I take responsibility for it and we'll keep on working". But we're still very much in the race for the league and in the Champions League.