Real embarrassment for toothless Madrid
Real Madrid suffered an astonishing 4-0 defeat at third-tier side Alcorcon in the King’s Cup on Tuesday, humiliated in the first leg by a clu b with a budget more than 400 times smaller than the La Liga giants.sports Updated: Oct 29, 2009 00:34 IST
Real Madrid suffered an astonishing 4-0 defeat at third-tier side Alcorcon in the King’s Cup on Tuesday, humiliated in the first leg by a clu b with a budget more than 400 times smaller than the La Liga giants.
Real were missing their two most expensive signings, Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka, as well as several other key players, but were undone by a club with a 1.1 million euro (Rs 7.6 crore) annual budget compared to Real’s 420 million (Rs 2,934 crore).
It was the third defeat in five matches for Manuel Pellegrini’s side and piled more pressure on the Chilean coach after Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Sporting Gijon and last week’s 3-2 home defeat to AC Milan in the Champions League.
“It’s an embarrassment, I have no explanation,” Pellegrini said.
“When you lose like that there is not much to say. Sometimes in the Cup you think that your weaker opponent is easily beaten and until you lose you don’t take them seriously.”
About his future, he added, “I have never thought about, I am not thinking about, and I will not think about, resigning.”
A fired-up Alcorcon, who play in the same league as Real’s youth team Castilla, laid siege to the visitors' goal in the early stages of the last-32 clash, forcing Jerzy Dudek into a couple of smart saves.
Former Real youth player Borja Gomez gave Alcorcon a shock lead in the 16th minute when he cut in from the right and curled a precise shot into the bottom left corner.
Spain defender Alvaro Arbeloa inexplicably clipped the ball into his own net six minutes later before Fernando Bejar headed against Dudek’s left post.
Ernesto Gomez made it three five minutes before the break, side-footing home Diego Cascon’s cross from the right, and Borja pounced on a loose ball to make it four in the 52nd minute.
Real director general Jorge Valdano apologised to the fans for the side’s woeful display. “It’s difficult and I know how the Madrid supporters must be feeling,” he said. “We have to take it as a lesson in humility that must serve as a starting point for a fresh beginning.”
In other first leg matches on Tuesday, Quique Sanchez Flores marked his debut as Atletico Madrid coach with a 2-0 win at third-tier Marbella and Sevilla won 4-2 at Atletico Ciudad.