Zinedine Zidane holds crisis talks with Madrid stars ahead of UCL campaign

Zinedine Zidane holds crisis talks with Madrid stars ahead of UCL campaign

- Zinedine Zidane has blamed his side for their La Liga loss to newly-promoted side Cadiz

- Real Madrid will take on Shakhtar Donetsk in their opening Champions League tie at home

- Their next match will be El Clasico when they face bitter rivals Barcelona at the weekend

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Zinedine Zidane has reportedly held talks with top Real Madrid stars after suffering their first of the season to Cadiz, The Sun.

Los Blancos lost by 1-0 to the newly-promoted side courtesy of a first-half strike from Anthony Lozano.

This led to a round table discussion between the manager and the senior players ahead of their busy schedule with the Champions League returning this week.

Zinedine Zidane holds crisis talks with Madrid stars ahead of UCL campaign
Zinedine Zidane holds crisis talks with Madrid stars ahead of UCL campaign. Photo by Diego Souto
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According to Spanish news media outlet Marca, the French gaffer repeatedly used the words intensity and attitude to grill his players' underperformance.

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It is understood that club captain Sergio Ramos, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric also made their displeasure at the display clear.

And the entire staff of the club have reportedly agreed to the loss claiming lack of intensity as responsible.

Los Merengues' next La Liga fixture is the El Clasico against Barcelona after the Catalan club also fell by 1-0 to Getafe on the same weekend.

A penalty from Jaime Mata was all the home side needed to dispatch the star-studded Barca side who most of their stars returned from international duty.

Madrid will play host to Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk in the first match of their 2020-21 Champions League campaign.

Zidane's side played a scoreless draw against Real Sociedad on opening day but won three consecutive matches against Real Betis, Valladolid and Levante.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Gareth Bale did not accept a ten per cent pay cut like other Real Madrid players and staff during the lockdown, reports claim.

The entire first team of players accepted while the Welshman declined to accept the reduction of his £500,000-per-week wage, widespread reports.

The 31-year-old opted to donate his wages to the Cardiff & Vale Health Charity rather than the club he won four Champions League titles with.

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