Zidane stays calm after Real sent crashing by minnows

Sports | REUTERS 22 Jan 2021

Zinedine Zidane says Real Madrid will stay calm after being dumped out of Spain's King's Cup by third-tier Alcoyano.

The French coach also dismissed suggestions the 2-1 loss caused great embarrassment, saying: "Something like this can happen, but I take responsibility for it and we'll keep on working."

Real went ahead in the first half through Eder Militao, but an 80th-minute goal from Jose Solbes forced extra time and Juanan hit the winner in the 115th minute after Alcoyano were down to 10 men.

Zidane brought on some big names such as Eden Hazard, Toni Kroos and Karim Benzema, but Real slipped to their worst cup defeat since being knocked out by Alcorcon in 2009/10.

"We had a few chances," Zidane said, "but when you don't take them this is what happens."

The Alcoyano defeat followed last week's Super Cup semi-final loss to Athletic Bilbao, so Real have won only once in their last five matches.

Zidane, asked if he feared for his job, responded: "Whatever will be will be. I'm very relaxed."

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