Real Madrid Quite a contract

From Mourinho’s ‘they’d be dead to me’ to Zidane’s ‘these things happen’

Zinedine Zidane took full responsibility for Real Madrid’s Copa del Rey loss to Alcoyano on Wednesday night. In typical fashion, the coach was calm and level-headed.

But the Frenchman’s insistence that the result wasn’t an embarrassment contrasts greatly with demands of one of his predecessors, Jose Mourinho.

“These things happen in a footballer’s career,” Zidane said on Wednesday.

However, the Portuguese coach was always direct when he spoke to the press.

Ahead of his first Copa del Rey match against Segunda B side Real Murcia in 2010, Mourinho made reference to the Alcorconazo, which had taken place the previous season under Manuel Pellegrini.

“I would put a cross on them,” Mourinho said when asked what he would do if his players were to suffer such a loss.

“They would be dead to me.”

After a goalless draw in Murcia, Real Madrid won 5-1 at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

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