Zinedine Zidane made a shock admission after Real Madrid’s Copa del Rey exit.
Third-tier side, Alcoyano got the better of the Galacticos on Wednesday with Juanan scoring the winner in the 115th minute.
Real’s loss comes just a week after their Super Cup exit at the hands of Athletic Bilbao. Now, they have only two chances of clinching silverware through the La Liga and Champions League, both being the toughest options.
Zidane surprisingly stated that his defeat was not shameful for the Spanish champions. Whether any of the Madrid fans will agree with him, remains to be seen but the Frenchman’s job is under serious threat.
“Those are your words. Those words, they do not belong to me,” he told a news conference.
“This is football, difficult things because it’s true that we play against a Segunda B team and we need to win the match normally, but at the end it hasn’t been like that and this does not mean that this is a shame.
“It can happen and it happens sometimes in a footballer’s career and responsibility must be assumed. I completely do. We will keep working … another painful day because we don’t like to lose and overall for the players because they just want to win. We won’t get crazy now, let’s think and keep working.”
Asked if the players still believed in him, Zidane said: “Yes, I believe so. Then you have to ask them.
“We work, we try and lately we have done good things even though lately a bit less, but apart from the last three or four games, I believe that we have done good things this season.
“Now we have to think on LaLiga and the Champions League and that’s it. To focus because things can be done. But if the players are still touched by my message? You have to ask the players. I believe so and we are in the same boat here.”