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Real Madrid coach Pellegrini: Boos weren't for me

Real Madrid coach Manuel Pellegrini insists the boos he received during their uninspiring Copa victory over Alcorcon were not for him.

Real were dumped out of the Copa 4-2 on aggregate by little Alcorcon, with Pellegrini jeered by fans as he substituted Lassana Diarra.

But he insisted: "The crowd was angered by the departure of Lass. That is what angered the public, as he was having a good match. I felt that it was best for him, as it was his fourth game in four days.

"He could have been injured in those last 20 minutes. I could not be selfish.

"I knew if I changed Lass, the fans would not like it. It was important not to have an injury. If I had been more selfish, I would have kept him on. But I did not think of myself, I thought of the team."

He added: "I have no doubt that the players are with me. It is not easy to comeback from four goals down."

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