Real Madrid have failed, says Albiol

The defender has admitted that the Santiago Bernabeu side were not up to scratch this term, while Diego Lopez feels they were unlucky to lose the Copa final

Raul Albiol has described the 2012-13 campaign as a failure for Real Madrid after a 2-1 defeat to Atletico Madrid in the final of the Copa del Rey.

The Santiago Bernabeu side were dethroned as Spanish champions by Barcelona earlier this term, while they were eliminated from the Champions League by Borussia Dortmund, and the former Valencia man says they missed the chance to make their season a success on Friday.

“Finishing without any trophies is a failure for us because we are Madrid. We are not happy. Now we have to lift our heads and start thinking about the future,” Albiol was quoted as saying on the club’s official website.

“Getting knocked out of the Champions League was very painful, but it is no excuse for not winning the final of the Copa.

“We should have won and dedicated it to the fans. We must not make excuses. We would have liked the season to have turned out better.”

Meanwhile, Diego Lopez was equally disappointed with Friday’s defeat and felt Madrid were unfortunate not to come out victorious.

“We were unlucky. We had scoring opportunities throughout the match, but luck wasn’t on our side. We hit the post three times, clear opportunities at goal. Eight or nine times out of 10 our play today would be enough to win.

“It always hurts to lose, but more when it’s like this. It was our last opportunity to win something this year and the squad was very united for the cause.”

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