Zidane Bemoans Copa Exit: Time Was Not On Our Side

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Zinedine Zidane believes if they had more time against Celta Vigo, they could have progressed to the next round of the Copa del Rey.

Real Madrid played 2-2 at the Balaidos to lose 4-3 on aggregate, with one more goal enough to send them to the next round on away goals.

Vazquez equalised for Madrid in the 90th minute, and Celta Vigo stayed resolute in preserving their advantage, as the full time whistle came.

“We played a great game,” he told reporters. “We are disappointed but the boys played well and we ran out of time.

“Maybe if we played a few more minutes we could have won it. But it was not possible, we have to accept it and think about the league, which is next.

“I think with the game we played, all you have to do is relax and think that the cup is already far behind us and we have the league on Sunday.

“I’m responsible for this team and we are going to continue in the same way. We can and we will fight in the two competitions [La Liga and Champions League].”

Reflecting further on the Celta tie, Zidane added: “It’s two games and we were not able to get through. We did all we could.

“What hurts is being knocked out after a performance like that because they [my players] do not deserve it.

“You blame yourself but there is nobody to blame really.

“The pity is that we didn’t get what we expected. I am disappointed for the guys.”



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