After Copa Del Rey’s elimination, Zinedine met with journalists. French coach said that team selection was not wrong, and Real Sociedad was better than Los Blancos.
Thoughts on team selection
Zinedine Zidane believes that team selection was correct. He said that the starting line-up was perfect for the match. The coach noted that, unfortunately, Real Sociedad’s team was better in both the first and second halves.
Real Madrid fans were not happy with significant changes in defense. Keep in mind that Zidane has rotated the main squad and gave a rest to three central defenders. Mendy, Raphael Varane, and Dani Carvajal have not played against Real Sociedad. Zidane decided to use Marcelo, Militao, and Nacho. It was unbelievable for Real Madrid fans how badly the defense played. Real Sociedad has not scored four goals in away matches this season, but the team could do that at Santiago Bernabeu. While we knew that Los Blancos is conceding very few goals and could get the historical record, we saw a terrible performance from the defense.
Playing until the end
Zidane was not happy with the result but praised Los Blancos players for fighting until the end. French coach said that Real Madrid played until the end and did everything to come-back in the match. The team could not get one more goal in the last five minutes and finally eliminated from the quarter-finals. Zinedine Zidane praised players and thanked them all for playing until the end, even being down 1-4.
It was the toughest match for Real Madrid this season. Keep in mind that Los Blancos could not get help from Casemiro and Lucas Vazquez. At the same time, Gareth Bale and Eden Hazard were not included in the squad list. Along with those midfielders and attacking players, Zidane has rested three main defenders. Rotating six leading players against Real Sociedad was worth eliminating from quarter-final of Copa Del Rey.