Zinedine Zidane said missing out on a Supercopa de Espana final showdown with Barcelona was not a failure for Real Madrid after they were beaten 2-1 by Athletic Bilbao.
Raul Garcia’s first-half double was enough to knock the holders out and end their nine-match unbeaten run at La Rosaleda on Thursday.
Karim Benzema’s 13th goal of the season gave Los Blancos hope after Marco Asensio hit the woodwork twice, but the Basque side held on to secure only a second win over the LaLiga champions in 23 matches and a first victory under new coach Marcelino.
Madrid boss Zidane felt his side fell short of the high standards he expects in the first half, but he will not be dwelling on the setback.
He said: “Our first half was difficult, we didn’t get into the game well, they scored two goals. They had two chances and two goals. When you are two goals down it is always difficult.
“Then we had a better second half, we created chances, we had several, scored a goal, but could not score a second.”
He added: “It is not a failure. Failure is not trying, not giving everything on the field. Life is like that, you can’t always win. What we always try to do is win, but you can’t always.”
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