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Zidane happy regardless 2-2 draw

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The Frenchman backed up Los Blancos’ youngsters after a rather shocking result against third-tier Fuenlabrada.

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is not frustrated by the performance of his players after his team recorded a 2-2 draw against third-tier side Fuenlabrada in the Copa del Rey. Madrid still advanced to the last 16 with an aggregate score of 4-2, but still struggled against a lower tier team at the Bernabéu on Tuesday.

Fuenlabrada took the lead in the 25th minute through Luis Milla only to get denied by a quick brace from Borja Mayoral in the second half. However, the visitors sealed a late draw thanks to Alvaro Portilla, who secured a memorable result for his club at the Bernabéu .

Speaking after the game, Zidane stated.

“I’m not upset at all, it was foreseen,” Zidane told reporters as quoted by Goal. “It’s not easy for the players, there were homegrown players.”

“I’m happy to advance in the tie, the opponent played a very good game. The important thing is the tie and we passed.”

The Frenchman also added that he was happy with the performances of his players, given that was the youngest Madrid squad he has ever put into play.

“People can say what they want, but they also saw their players fight until the end.

“There were players who had not played together. The opponent does not have a level of Segunda B. Fuenlabrada are a good team.

“I’m looking at my players, those who were on the field, in the second half we did it well, I’m happy.”