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Zidane: “We have to pick ourselves up and keep going”

NEWS | 06/02/2020

“Our fans kept cheering throughout the game and we played better in the second half thanks to them”, said the coach.
Zidane appeared in the media room at the Santiago Bernabéu following his side's clash with Real Sociedad in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals: “It's very disappointing because we've lost the game at home. We started badly and it wasn't to be, we did all we could right to the end. The second half was much better and even at 4-1 we kept going until the final whistle. We battled hard, the opposition played very well and we were off colour, particularly in the first half with our pressing. We really struggled and then defensive errors crept in as well”.

“It's sad, yes, because when we lose, something has gone wrong. We have to take stock. We'd done brilliantly up until today's game but it was a poor performance. These things happen. It won't change anything in terms of what's still to come. We're going to keep going with what we're doing. It's a tough moment because it was a very difficult game, particularly in the first half. We have to thank our fans for their support, they were right behind the players throughout the game. We performed better in the second half thanks to their support”.

Elimination
“It hurts. We can't hide from the truth, nobody likes to lose, but we've got another game on Sunday and we'll focus on that. We have to recover and keep going, there's nothing else for it. That's it, it's over”.

Similarities to Leganés defeat
“No, not at all. It's not the same game, nor the same opposition. There were two legs against Leganés. We lost here playing very badly. Today we were up against very good opposition, but that's football and we have to accept these games. We have to pick ourselves up and keep going with what we're doing”.

WE'RE NOT THRILLED BUT IT'S NOT GOING TO CHANGE.

"The squad are always up for the game. We're all in this together and, at the end of the day, tonight's was a poor performance. Conceding four goals is a lot and it hurts, but that won't alter anything in terms of my plans to rotate. The players have always delivered and will continue to do so. I believe in this group and what we've now got to do is lift ourselves and continue to work really hard because this one game won't change anything".

Line-up
"When I name a team it's one that's capable of going out and doing well. It's easy to offer opinions afterwards. I don’t think we got the team wrong, there's another team involved and they did really well, they opened the scoring and we then struggled. We made mistakes that we don't usually make, but that was nothing to do with the personnel. We're all in this together, we win together and lose together".

Casemiro
"He wasn't fit to play. There were other players out there and we can't be looking for excuses. We all know what great quality Casemiro has and what he brings to the team, but others played tonight".

VAR slowing the game down
"It can be detrimental but that's not going to change, the referee has to wait to be told whether it's a 'Yes' or a 'No' and that's that. That won't change". 

Elusive Copa del Rey crown
"That's the way things go in football. We've lost this Copa del Rey game and we've got another match coming up and that's that. We could have lost a LaLiga game and won this one, but that's not how it's worked out. We've now got to focus on Sunday and LaLiga and that's all there is to it".

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