Raul insists Real Madrid can bounce back from Copa humiliation
Real Madrid captain Raul insists they can recover from their stunning Copa del Rey humiliation by little Alcorcon. Raul insists all is not lost in their Copa tie against Alcorcon despite suffering a humiliating 4-0 defeat in Tuesday night's first leg against the Segunda Division B minnows.
"If there is a club that knows about overcoming this it is Real Madrid. We will not give up," he said. "In two weeks we will play this team again and we have an opportunity to fix what happened here.
"I've experienced eliminations from the Copa del Rey before and bad results in other ties, but the great fightbacks in Real Madrid history have come following bad results in important competitions.
"We have to congratulate Alcorcon because they had a great game. It's a great day for them but there is still a second match to be played and we have to put all our efforts into turning this around."
The defeat was Madrid's third loss in their last five competitive games after defeats to Sevilla in La Liga and by AC Milan in the Champions League, and that run has heaped the pressure on new coach Manuel Pellegrini.
Raul insists everyone must shoulder their share of responsibility for the result, though, saying on his club's website: "We win and we lose together, which is why are all to blame."