Zinedine Zidane accepts blame after Copa del Rey exit, fears for job as Real Madrid head coach
Posted: 25 January 2018 Time: 10:01
Zinedine Zidane has accepted responsibility for Real Madrid's Copa del Rey exit at the hands of Leganes and admits the result may cost him his job.
The Galacticos continue to blow hot and cold this season, having entered Wednesday's quarter-final second-leg on the back of a 7-1 demolition of Deportivo La Coruna, only to lose 2-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu this week to crash out on the away goals rule.
Los Blancos' cup failure matches the side's performance in La Liga this season, where Zidane's men find themselves fourth in the standings and already 19 points off the pace of leaders Barcelona.
Image: Leganes players wheel away in celebration during Copa del Rey quarter-final win over Real Madrid
And, speaking after this week's loss, Zidane took full blame for his side's shortcomings, telling Marca: "Yes, it's a failure for me, clearly.
"Yes, I feel very responsible. We didn't play the game, especially in the first half, after winning a complicated game away. We didn't play well enough today, we didn't play how we had to play. We can say what we want but it's very hard, it's a difficult night for everyone.
"We will look at the situation and I will first because I am to blame. We can't change things, there were 90 minutes to do that and we didn't. Now we have to think about tomorrow, to get up and keep working because on Saturday there is another game."
When asked if the result could spell the end of his reign as head coach, the Frenchman replied: "That is clear, I am responsible for this," he added.
"I'm the one who has to find solutions for the team to be more efficient."