Real coach Pellegrini feels heat

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Real Madrid coach Manuel Pellegrini is under intense pressure after his side’s humiliating 4-0 defeat to third-flight minnows Alcorcon in the Spanish Cup.

Real have struggled without the Portuguese star, but fielded a strong side at Alcorcon including strikers Karim Benzema and Raul. Defensive frailties again cost them dear and they were behind after 16 minutes when Francisco Borja scored. Alvaro Arbeloa scored a disastrous 22nd own goal to put the home side 2-0 ahead and in the 40th the unmarked Ernesto Gomez tapped home a third. Borja scored his second and Alcorcon’s fourth early in the second half and they comfortably held out against the assorted Real stars. “The truth is that it feels like a dream,” Borja said. But defeat for Real was a nightmare for Pellegrini, who reportedly was involved with a halftime argument with midfield favorite Guti. They trail arch-rivals Barcelona by three points going into Saturday’s match against Getafe and with Pellegrini’s job on the line.