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Zidane urges Real Madrid to bounce back

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has said that his team will keep fighting following their 4-3 home defeat by Real Sociedad in the Copa del Rey quarter-final.

The Spanish giants were on a 21-match unbeaten run across all competitions prior to the clash but ultimately came-up short against a resilient Sociedad side at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium this morning.

“This is football. Things have not gone as we wanted,” Zidane said during the post-match press conference.

“It was a complicated game, but we tried until the end and the reaction was good.

“Despite losing 1-4, we have fought until the end, but it has not been possible.

“We must congratulate the opponent and also accept losing.”

He further added: “We don’t have to change anything. We have to keep working and fighting.

“There are complicated games in the season and we have played against a rival that has deserved the victory.

“We are not going to change anything we want to do. Losing is always painful and nobody likes it, but you have to accept it.

“Elimination hurts, we have to tell the truth, we don’t like defeat, but we have a game on Sunday (at Osasuna) and we’re going to focus on it.

“You have to recover from a big effort. We have to continue, there is no choice.”

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