Real try to look on the bright side of Cup defeat
Real Madrid coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo
admitted he was disappointed by his side's shock exit from the King's
Cup at the hands of second division Valladolid.
"Football is like this sometimes, we are all very sad but we have to
pick ourselves up and get on with our job because the season goes on,"
the Brazilian told repoters after his side were dumped out of the Cup on
the away goals rule on Wednesday.
"I'm not happy about going out of any competition but the positive side
is that the calendar is now a little less congested and we will have
more time to prepare for our league and Champions League matches."
After a goalless draw in the first leg, Real looked on course to book
their place in the last eight when Michael Owen put them ahead midway
through the second half.
The visitors refused to fold and striker Xavi More grabbed the
all-important away goal 12 minutes from time to put the second division
side through to the next round.
Like Luxemburgo, defender Roberto Carlos tried to take something
positive from Real's premature exit from the competition.
"We are all upset about going out but we are still in two competitions,"
said the Brazilian international. "We played badly in the first half but
we improved in the second and we can play better than this.
"I still believe we can win the league and get to the final of the
Real are in second place in the Primera Liga, seven points behind
arch-rivals Barcelona at the halfway stage in the season. They will meet
Juventus in the last 16 of the Champions League next month.
Valladolid coach Sergio Kresic denied that his side's victory over the
nine-times European champions had come as a surprise.
"You can't describe this as a miracle," said the Croatian boss. "We
played a great game and never lost our nerve even after the Owen goal.
This win will really lift our spirits for our upcoming games."