Real Madrid suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat at third-tier side Alcorcon in the King’s Cup on Tuesday.
The defeat heaps further pressure on coach Mabuel Pellegrini who has now seen his side lose three of their last five matches.
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 annual budget compared to Real’s €420 million.
Pellegrini said in quotes reported by Marca: “I’m very embarrassed. There’s no reason or explanation for how the team have performed. You have to stand up and everyone has to take responsibility to change things in the next game.
“There’s no explanations. We were focused and the training sessions were very good, but Alcorcon played very well. We hope our fans can forgive us after this defeat.
“Our opponents…we’ve seen it 3,200 times before. A team who were tremendously motivated and were able to play at their best. I saw them in recent games, we had reports, but they played very well.
“We need to react. We are going to find difficult opponents all over the place. We need to play well everywhere.” Regarding his future at the club, the Chilean insisted he would not be stepping down, adding: “I am not thinking about my job or about resigning, only the next match.”
Real Madrid director general Jorge Valdano has apologised to his club’s supporters following defeat.
Valdano said after the match: ”It’s difficult. I know how the Madrid fans must be feeling and we apologise to them.”
Valdano believes Madrid can still turn the tie around in the second leg at the Bernabeu in a fortnight though.
”This team is made of up good players and great professionals who are capable of turning this situation around,” added Valdano on his club’s website. “They are proud players and today we’ve had really a bad night.
”We have to be united. And when I say united, I include the coach in that.”