Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has admitted his future is on hold again after his side were shockingly knocked out of the Copa del Rey third round at the hands of Alcoyano.
Fresh out of the Spanish Super Cup elimination, Zidane was eager to see a reaction from his side. He went with a second-string team that still featured players like Casemiro, Vinicius Junior and Isco, but despite taking a first-half lead, Real were tied at 1-1 after 90 minutes.
Overtime was a mad rush. Zidane brought in Toni Kroos, Eden Hazard and Marco Asensio, who joined a squad that also included former substitute Karim Benzema, and the tie seemed to have been reversed when Alcoyano’s Ramon Lopez was sent off for his second yellow card.
However, just five minutes after his dismissal, Alcoyano scored the winning goal to send Real crash in the third round – the fifth once they have fallen to third since 2001.
“The truth is we tried, we had chances to score the second goal and when you fail those things can happen,” he said (via Marca). “It’s a tough time, we got out, we had to do something else and we didn’t, but we tried.
“I think it’s my responsibility as a coach. This is football, you have to make the most of your chances. The ball did not want to enter. Well, we got out.
“When you lose, the media talks. I take full responsibility for the defeat and then whatever happens. I’m calm. When we’re on the pitch what the players want to do is win. Let’s see what will happen in the future. days.”
Will Zinedine Zidane be sacked?
The atmosphere in the Spanish press is final. Another Marca title claims it could be the end of Zidane’s time at the club, with two recent cup outs and a significant gap behind La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid – four points behind for appearing in two games moreover – considered inexcusable. Another said, “If he escapes that, it will be a miracle.”
It is suggested that Real Madrid want to persevere until the end of the season with Zidane, who is also not considering stepping down from his post, but club officials are increasingly concerned about the atmosphere in the clubs. behind the scenes at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Several players are believed to have lost faith in Zidane, and some club chiefs fear that Zidane’s treatment will leave more players begging to leave the club before the end of the season.
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