Alcoyano - Real Madrid

Zidane: “It's a tough one to take because we're out of the Copa"

NEWS | 20/01/2021 | Rodrigo Salamanca

“I am the coach and it's my responsibility", explained the madridista boss.
Zinedine Zidane appeared in the press room at El Collao following Real Madrid's defeat to El Alcoyano. The coach reflected: “We did our best, the players gave it all they had out on the pitch. We had chances to get the second goal and when you fail to convert then we've seen what can happen. It was a different game today and we struggled. It's a tough one because it means we're out of the Copa. We should have done things differently but we didn't manage to do so".
“I am the coach and it's my responsibility, I'll accept that. The players tried everything and if we'd have got the goal it would have been a completely different game. You have to take your chances when they come in football. The opposition goalkeeper made two or three very good saves, that second goal just eluded us and now we're out".
“This is football. We were playing against a Segunda B side and we should have won the game. It's not embarrassing or anything of the sort. These are things that happen during a footballer's career and I take responsibility. We're going to keep working hard. We have to come through this as we have in the past and we will again. It's another painful day today because we don't like losing - especially for the players, they want to win. We're not going to lose our heads, we have to think and keep working hard".
A long way to go in the season

“I believe my players have faith in me, but you’ll have to ask them. We haven’t done many good things recently, but we’ve also done some good things this season. But we’re still very much in the race for the league and in the Champions League. We have to stay focussed because we can still win things”.

A painful defeat
“Things are always said when we lose. Whatever happens, happens. I’m calm. The players try to win games and sometimes it works out differently. Every defeat is painful. Neither I nor my players like to lose”.