Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane says he does not consider his team’s elimination from the Spanish Supercopa at the hands of Athletic Bilbao as a failure.
Athletic beat holders Real Madrid 2-1, in Thursday’s semifinal in Malaga and will face Barcelona on Sunday.
“It’s not a failure,” Zidane said after the game.
“A failure is not to give your all on the pitch and not to try. The team tried but we couldn’t get the equaliser. Life is like this. You can’t always win.
“We didn’t start the game well. They had two chances and scored two goals. When you are 2-0 down it’s always difficult. The second half was totally different, we created lots of chances, hit the woodwork twice,” he said.
Zidane, whose side were held to a goalless draw at Osasuna on Saturday in La Liga, believes his team must improve.
Real Madrid next visit Spanish third-division side Alcoyano in the Copa del Rey round-of-32 on 20 January.
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