Cristiano Ronaldo plays down Real Madrid crisis after Copa del Rey loss

Kristopher Nichols
January 26, 2018

Real Madrid crashed out of the Copa del Rey in the quarterfinals on away goals on Wednesday after local rivals Leganes secured a 2-1 win in the second leg at the Bernabeu.

They have won the UEFA Super Cup, Club World Cup and Supercopa de España, but face Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League as they look to defend their European crown once more.

Admitting that it had been his worst night as a coach, the Frenchman added: "It's a logical result, our opponents played their match and we did not".

"I'm not angry with my players, I'm angry with myself".

"I am very disappointed and will take responsibility for all this".

On being asked if this was Real Madrid's worst season in a decade, Zidane assured that the season is not yet over and that they will try to get back on track with the Champions League. I don't understand what happened.

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Just months ago, Zidane was feted as one of the best coaches in Madrid's history, as the team completed an historic 2017 with five trophies, including the La Liga and Champions League double. "It's a failure for me", said Zidane who recently penned a contract extension until 2020.

"I'm the one who has to find solutions for the team to be more efficient". We didn't play well enough today, we didn't play how we had to play. "I need to take responsibility and I'll always fight".

Zidane made wholesale changes with the likes of Sergio Ramos, Karim Benzema, Isco, Marco Asensio and Mateo Kovacic returning to the starting line-up and Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale among those rested.

The pressure increased on Wednesday night after Real were surprisingly knocked out of the Copa del Rey by Leganes. "I have to be positive, even after tonight", continued Zidane. Leganes exploited width with pace and trickery from the flanks, as Watford loanee Nordin Amrabat caused Real's refreshed back four a host of problems.

"It will be hard in LaLiga, but we can't give up, even if we have dropped many points since the start of the season".

It remains to be seen if the 7-1 thrashing of Deportivo last weekend was the beginning of a renaissance or merely a brief upward turn, a flicker on the otherwise flat line of Madrid's title defence.

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