In a Copa Del Rey match, Jerzy Dudek was the goalie under siege as Francisco Borja scored the first goal, a under pressure Alvaro Arbeloa scored an own goal, Ernesto Gomez tapped in a third, and Borja completed Madrid’s woebegone display with his second goal and Alcorcon’s fourth.
Pellegrini rested Kaka and his place was taken by Guti. He was taken out at halftime, visibly upset and replaced by Fernando Gago.
Jorge Valdano later apologized to Real Madrid fans asking for “their forgiveness” and calling it a “sad night.”
“We have to learn a lesson in humility. But we have to trust the professionalism of our players to turn this around.”
Raul also apologized to the fans and vowed a great comeback in the return leg to be played on November 10th.
Manuel Pellegrini said he was “very embarrassed ” and “we must come forward and each take responsibility”. He also denied that he was to resign or leave Real Madrid.
It was clear in the Milan game, Florentino Perez has made defense an after thought. He thought Kaka, Ronaldo, Alonso, and Benzema would compensate for Arbeloa, Albiol, Pepe, and Garay, who while respectable are not exactly world beaters.