Zidane defends Real Madrid's shock Copa del Rey exit
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Zidane defends Real Madrid's shock Copa del Rey exit

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has defended his side's elimination from the Copa del Rey by Spanish third division side Alcoyano on Wednesday night.

Madrid went down 2-1 in extra time with Alcoyano playing the last 10 minutes of the game a man down after Ramon Lopez's sending off.

There have been suggestions that the Frenchman might be sacked by the club but when asked about his situation with the club management, Zidane insisted that he was calm claiming that his players gave their all on the pitch.

"We tried. The players gave their all on the pitch. I'm the coach, the responsibility is mine. I'm responsible. We've played against a third division team and we should have won but it's not a disgrace.

"I'm calm (about his future). We will see what happens in the next few days," Zidane said.

Zidane had started the game with relatively his B team with Casemiro and Lucas Vazquez being the only regulars included in his starting team for the game. When sensing defeat, Zidane threw in Karim Benzema after the hour and the trio Toni Kroos, Eden Hazard, and Marco Asensio at the start of extra time but neither could help in stopping their opponents.

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