Zinedine Zidane accepted Real Madrid’s stunning Copa del Rey exit to third-tier Alcoyano will lead to further speculation over his future, but insisted he remained “very calm” over the situation.
Madrid were knocked out of the competition by lower league opponents for the first time since 2009 despite taking the lead on Wednesday, Eder Militao heading them in front on the stroke of half-time.
However, the reigning top-flight champions in Spain were unable to build on the lead, meaning an 80th-minute equaliser from Jose Solbes forced extra time.
A penalty shoot-out seemed the likely method to settle the last-32 tie, only for Juanan to pop up with a dramatic late winner that will no doubt increase the growing pressure on Zidane.
“When you lose there is always talk, I take responsibility and whatever has to happen will happen,” the Madrid boss 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 Alcoyano’s José Juan Figueras