Madrid eliminated by Leganes from Copa del Rey

Madrid eliminated by Leganes from Copa del Rey

Real Madrid crashed out the competition on away goals after a 2-1 defeat to lowly Leganes saw the match end 2-2 on aggregate.

Javier Eraso and Gabriel scored to help the 13th-placed side in La Liga advance on away goals.

"I am responsible for this. I take responsibility for my decisions", Zidane said.

Zidane said the main blame for the disaster lay with him, not his players. I am angry with myself, not with my players. You can not explain our first half tonight. But the confidence was no where to be found, the team was a shadow of the force they were last season as they failed to avoid yet another low key display this season. Karim Benzema and Sergio Ramos were on the pitch to ensure Madrid had enough steel to down a team which they could beat on a given day and given circumstances. Now we have to reverse the situation.

"Going from Segunda B to the Segunda was the most important thing for this Leganés, then, from there, we try to improve every year, in the Copa we have already achieved it and now we will see if in LaLiga we improve what we did last year".

"I don't regret leaving out players".

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Madrid trail leaders Barcelona by 19 points in La Liga, and have been drawn against Ligue 1 outfit Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.

"Of course", he said. "I'm the one responsible for all of this". It's up to me to find the solutions. "I need to take responsibility and I'll always fight".

Zinedine Zidane says he is enduring his "worst moment" as Real Madrid coach and his future at the club rests on their progress in the Champions League. "I know it's a hard night for the fans". "I do not care, really".

"This is a tough blow for us, but 2018 is not over yet".

Zidane hasn't just been criticized for poor results. "All we can do now is think about the remaining games, starting with Saturday (at Valencia), and prepare well for February 14". The likes of Harry Kane, Mauro Icardi, Paulo Dybala and even former Barca man Neymar have all been linked with a summer switch to Madrid and that would go some way in giving the side more attacking options.

"You can ask 'what happens now?' We will continue, we must change this, there are many games left to do it".

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