On Wednesday January 20, Real Madrid fell in the Copa del Rey against the modest club Alcoyano, resident of the Spanish third division, by the score of 2-1. This setback plunges the Spanish champions into crisis and threatens French coach Zinédine Zidane, according to the sports daily As.
“Shame”, headlines the Madrid sports daily As, Thursday January 21. The day before, the great Real Madrid lost in 16e of the Copa del Rey final on the lawn of the modest Alcoyano, who plays in the Spanish third division, 2-1 (after extra time).
“The Alcoyano lives up to its motto and takes the advantage over Real Madrid, even reduced to ten players during extra time”, enthuses the sports daily, a few pages later. Indeed, a Spanish proverb takes the name of this club located in the region of Valencia – “Have more moral than Alcoyano” (“Have better morale than the Alcoyano”) -, which characterizes the outsider who never gives up.
If the band led by the French Karim Benzema had opened the scoring in the 45e minute, Alcoyano’s players snatched extra time with a goal in the 80e minute. The valiant footballers, reduced to 10 after the expulsion of a defender, then obtained the victory with a goal from midfielder Juanan in the 115e minute.
Zidane, threatened coach
No doubt for As, often demanding of Real Madrid: Zinédine Zidane is once again “On the precipice”.
After the draws in Elche and Pamplona, the defeat in the Spanish Super Cup and elimination in the Cup in Alcoy, the Marseille technician is once again being challenged within the club ”.
In La Liga, the Spanish league, Real Madrid are in second place in the standings, four points behind Atlético Madrid, which is two games behind. However, “Zidane has already emerged from similar situations in the past”, remember As, especially since Real Madrid are still racing in the Champions League.
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