Zinedine Zidane of Real Madrid led the Spanish giants to one of the biggest humiliations in the club’s history as a 3rd division club, Alcoyano, slammed them with a 2-1 defeat on Wednesday, January 20, 2020. At the end of the Copa del Rey last-32 defeat in the hands of the lowly rated club, Zidane said he is ready for what has to happen.
The French tactician has been recording inconsistent performance since the commencement of the 2020-2021 season. He struggled to keep Real Madrid second on the La Liga table after 3 defeats, 4 draws, and 11 wins.
Though Zinedine Zidane successfully qualified Real Madrid for the knockout stage of this season’s UEFA Champions League, he failed to take the Spanish giants to the finals of the Supercopa de España as Athletic Bilbao knocked them out of the competition by beating them 2-1 on January 14.
Unfortunately for Real Madrid, Segunda Division B club, Alcoyano, became the 5th third division club to knock them out of the Copa del Rey in the last 100 years. In his reaction to the defeat, the embattled Zinedine Zidane said he takes responsibility for the humiliating defeat.
Real Madrid took charge of the game in the 45th minute when the club’s defender Eder Militao scored the first goal of the game. The Spanish giants pushed on with the one-goal lead until in the 80th minute before Alcoyano’s Jose Solbes pulled one goal back.
The third division side stunned Real Madrid in the extra time when Alcoyano’s Casanova scored in the 115th minute, 5 minutes after the club’s Lopez Olivan was shown the red card. Despite being one man down, the third division club ran away with the 2-1 victory.
“I take responsibility and whatever has to happen will happen,” Zidane said after the game.
On whether his players are still in support of him, Zidane admitted that he is not sure, urging the media to ask his players whether they are still in support of him or not.
“We have done good things, not so much lately, but apart from the last, games, we did good things this season. We have to concentrate on the things that can be done”, he said.
“When you lose, you always talk. I take responsibility and whatever has to happen, will happen. I am very calm, the players wanted to win the game. They try and sometimes different things happen. You have to assume responsibility.
“I am going to assume it, as always. The players have tried and if we score the second goal it is another match, football is like that. The goalkeeper has made two or three saves and didn’t allow us to score the second goal. But I have the responsibility. We are out.”
The French coach says his side tried their hardest in the Copa clash and felt they had enough chances to win the game.
“We have tried, I think the players have left everything on the field. We had chances and when you don’t put them in, what happened to us can happen,” he said.
“It is a difficult moment, we are out of the Copa, we had to do something else but we couldn’t. The players have tried. This is football, it is very difficult because we played against a Segunda B team and we have to win the game, but it didn’t go like that.
“It’s not a shame, it can happen, it happens, these are things that happen in a football career. I assume responsibility and we will continue working. We will not go crazy.”