All that talk of righting the ship turned out to be bluster as in the Copa Del Rey return leg against Alcorcon at the Bernabeu, Real was able to muster only one goal through Rafel Van Der Vaart. The yellow jerseys of Alcorcon were everywhere as they stifled Raul, Gago, Van Nistelrooy, Kaka, and Lassana Diarra.
Juanma was a colossus in goal for Alcorcon. The third division club moves onto the next round as Real crash out of the Copa Del Rey.
After the match the Bernabeu erupted in a standing ovation for Alcorcon’s heroic performance. Even the commentators were overcome as one of them brought up Ronaldinho’s scintillating display four years ago as a reminder that Real fans enjoy good football
The knives are out for Manuel Pellegrini once again. The fans were calling for his head and booing him for his decision to take off Lassana Diarra and bring in Marcelo.
The Marca thundered “The team was without a soul and it never looked like threatening lowly Alcorcon”.
For all the huge signings at Madrid only one has worked with any degree of success and that is Cristiano Ronaldo. With his injury keeping him out- Kaka, Benzema, and Alonso have struggled to establish any coherence. It has been a grab bag of old horses and some overlooked ones like Raul, Lassana Diarra, and Gonzalo Higuain who have kept Real in the race.