Real in deep trouble but will keep the faith - Zidane

Madrid has failed to win its last three La Liga matches and heads into its final Champions League game placed third in Group B.

Zinedine Zidane reacts during the Champions League contest between Real Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk in Kyiv, Ukraine. - AP

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane vowed to keep fighting on after his side was left in danger of a shock early Champions League exit after Tuesday’s 2-0 defeat at Shakhtar Donetsk.

Madrid has failed to win its last three La Liga matches and heads into its final Champions League game third in Group B after goals from Dentinho and Manor Solomon condemned it to a second defeat to the Ukrainians after losing 3-2 in October.

Madrid hosts group leader Borussia Moenchengladbach next Wednesday, while Shakhtar, which is second due to a superior head-to-head record over Real, visits bottom side Inter Milan.

“I feel strong and as always I’m going to give everything and so will the players,” Zidane told a news conference.

“We just have to keep our chins up and focus on the next game. There’s nothing else we can do.”

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The Frenchman resigned as Madrid coach in May 2018 shortly after winning a third consecutive Champions League in Kyiv but insisted there was no chance of him doing the same now.

“I’m not going to resign, no way,” he said.

“We played very well in the first half but the ball didn’t want to go in the net. We had lots of chances, we hit the post, and after that things got more difficult for us. We’re on a bad run of results, that’s a reality, but we have to keep on going. We have one more game (in the group) and we have to win it.”


Real midfielder Luka Modric said the players were feeling low after the defeat but backed his team, which has qualified from the group stage 23 years in a row, to get the job done.

“It’s difficult to explain what is happening to us right now, we are in a very difficult situation, but we still have one game left and we’re going to do everything to win it,” he said.

“Real Madrid have always shown who we are when we need to win but we need to do our talking on the pitch now.”

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