Cheryshev: Copa partly my fault

Denis Cheryshev admits Real Madrid’s Copa del Rey expulsion last season was partly his fault. “I took my share of the blame and shouldn’t have played.”

Cheryshev’s appearance in Madrid’s 3-1 win against Cadiz last December was swiftly greeted with chants of ‘thank you, Denis’, in reference to the winger’s one-match Copa ban from his loan spell at Villarreal the campaign before, as he was eventually taken off at half-time.

“[Villarreal] are a great club. I was right to come here as they stayed in the back of my mind when I left,” the returning Yellow Submarine winger told Cuatro.

“I found it hard to assume the role of almost never playing. [Zinedine] Zidane, after Rafa Benitez, told me he counted on me, but it was best to leave.

“[On the Copa debacle], I didn’t know what was happening. I was playing and didn’t understand the chants. The punishment was fair.

“I took my share of the blame and shouldn’t have played.”

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