Copa del Rey: Blame me for Real Madrid's defeat to Leganes, says Zinedine Zidane

Updated: Jan 26, 2018, 09:24 IST | AFP

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

Zinedine Zidane
Zinedine Zidane

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. Real lost 2-1 in the second leg at their Bernabeu home as the tie finished 2-2 on aggregate with their city neighbours going through on away goals despite having lost the first leg 1-0 last week.

Javi Eraso gave Leganes a 32nd-minute lead. Karim Benzema levelled after 47 minutes. But Brazilian striker Gabriel Pires then hit the winner eight minutes later "I am responsible for all of this. It's a failure for me," said Zidane. "It's a logical result, our opponents played their match and we did not. It is a big blow. Nobody expected this, especially me but this is football. "I'm the manager. I picked the team and I was wrong in many regards. It's up to me to find the solutions."

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