Zidane takes blame as Real Madrid suffer defeat

MADRID: Real Madrid crashed to a humiliating Copa del Rey exit on Wednesday when they were knocked out by little Leganes in the quarter-finals with under-fire coach Zinedine Zidane taking the blame.

“I am responsible for all of this. It´s a failure for me,” said Zidane who recently penned a contract extension until 2020.

“I am the manager. I picked the team and I was wrong in many regards. It´s up to me to find the solutions. I will continue to fight, to work, to battle and to find the things the team needs.”

It was a depressing evening for Zinedine Zidane´s side who, despite being in the Champions League last 16 where they face Paris Saint-Germain in three weeks´ time, are 19 points behind Barcelona in the Spanish title race.

Leganes have a budget of just 45 million euros — 15 times less than the 675 million euros commanded by mighty Real.

 

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