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Zinedine Zidane accepted that Real Madrid’s amazing exit from the Copa del Rey to Alcoyano of the third division will generate more speculation about his future, but insisted that he remained “very calm” about the situation.
Madrid were eliminated from the competition by lower-league rivals for the first time since 2009 despite taking the lead on Wednesday, with Eder Militao leading the way at the break.
However, the reigning top flight champions in Spain were unable to take advantage of the advantage, which meant that José Solbes’ 80th-minute draw forced extra time.
A penalty shootout seemed the likely method to resolve the last 32 tie, only for Juanan to come out with a dramatic late winner who will no doubt add to the mounting pressure on Zidane.
“When you lose, you always talk, I take responsibility and whatever happens will happen,” the Madrid coach told the media in his post-match interview.
“I am very calm. The players wanted to win the game, they try and sometimes different things happen ”.
10 – No other goalkeeper has made more saves than José Juan Figueras del Alcoyano