Zidane wonders if Real Madrid players still support him after Copa del Rey exit against Alcoyano


Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, has admitted he is not sure he still has the support of his players, following their shock defeat to Alcoyano in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday.

Eder Militao gave Madrid the lead before half-time in the round of 32 tie.

However, third-tier side Alcoyano took the game into extra time with an 80th minute goal from Jose Solbes.

The game took a turn for the worse for the minnows when Ramon Lopez was sent off in the second half of extra time, but Juanan popped up to net the winner and take his side into the last-16.

The result comes less than a week after Zidane’s side were knocked out of the Supercopa de Espana semi-finals by Athletic Club and a 0-0 draw with Osasuna in La Liga preceded that result.

This result will only increase pressure on Zidane, who defended his players – though he admits he is not sure if he still has their support.

“I think so but you have to ask them [if I still have their support],” he said at a press conference.

“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.

“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.”

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