kaka not giving up

MADRID - Real Madrid midfielder Kaka believes the side can make up for their embarrassing 4-0 defeat to Alcorcon in the King's Cup, by staging a dramatic comeback at the Bernabeu in today's last-32 second leg.

MADRID - Real Madrid midfielder Kaka believes the side can make up for their embarrassing 4-0 defeat to Alcorcon in the King's Cup, by staging a dramatic comeback at the Bernabeu in today's last-32 second leg.

Alcorcon, from Segunda B (the third tier of Spanish football), stunned the nine-time European champions in the first leg two weeks ago, in a result that raised questions over the future of coach Manuel Pellegrini.

But Real's reaction since then has quelled talk of a crisis and two wins and a draw in all competitions have given them confidence they can see off a side with a budget 400 times smaller than their own.

"For the history of Real Madrid, we have to win this tie," Brazil's Kaka said.

"The players and the fans have to stand together. The Bernabeu must be a wave of pressure."

Pellegrini will be unable to draw on the injured Cristiano Ronaldo and suspended Sergio Ramos but Alcorcon coach Juan Antonio Anquela was keeping his feet on the ground.

Other top-flight sides battling to stay in the competition against lower-league opposition are Tenerife, Racing Santander, Almeria and last year's finalists Athletic Bilbao, who all lost their first legs.

The 23-time Cup winners Bilbao trail second division Rayo Vallecano 2-0 but have home advantage tomorrow.

Racing are 1-0 down against second division Salamanca, who they face tomorrow, and a run of eight matches has coach Juan Carlos Mandia under pressure to turn things round. Misfiring Atletico Madrid have a 2-0 lead over Segunda B side Marbella, who they take on today, while fellow La Liga strugglers Villarreal are level at 1-1 for the visit of Segunda B's Puertollano, also today. - Reuters

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