Zinedine Zidane claims Madrid lacked confidence following UCL loss to Shakhtar Donetsk

Zinedine Zidane claims Madrid lacked confidence following UCL loss to Shakhtar Donetsk

- Zinedine Zidane’s job at the Santiago Bernabeu could be on the line

- Real Madrid lost at home to Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League

- The manager has said his team lacks confidence and they are billed to play Barcelona next

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Zinedine Zidane reportedly spent over an hour before appearing for the post-match conference following Real Madrid’s 2-3 home loss to Shakhtar Donetsk, GOAL reports.

The 13-time champions trailed by three goals at half time before Luka Modric and Vinicius Junior responded early in the second half, but the visitors managed to wreak havoc as they ran away with all three points.

Zidane paraded a depleted side with Karim Benzema on the bench and then crucial player Eden Hazard ruled out of the game through injury.

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Zidane said:

“We lacked the confidence to start the game as we know how. In the first half I did not see the team I wanted to see and that is my fault."

Los Blancos are scheduled to face Catalan giants Barcelona in what is expected to be another explosive episode of the El Clasico, in the wake of their La Liga loss to newly-promoted side Cadiz.

Zinedine Zidane claims Real Madrid lacked confidence following Champions League loss to Shakhtar Donetsk
Zinedine Zidane has stated that his side will bounce back for El Clasico. Photo: David S. Bustamante
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The manager added:

“I have to find the solutions that will make us be strong again and get back to winning.
“We were not at the level required for this competition. We have to improve.
“We have to be united now. The next game will come quickly and we have to play better. We lacked confidence. We lacked a bit of everything but confidence is the most important thing.”

Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Lionel Messi's goal against Ferencvaros made him the first player to score in 16 consecutive Champions League campaigns, Goal.

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The Barcelona captain was brought down in the penalty box and he took the responsibility in taking the penalty which he converted in the 27th minute of their Group G opener.

Messi is now the second player after Man United legend Ryan Giggs to score in 16 seasons in the elite competition overall.

Ansu Fati also set a record as the player to score more than once before his 18th birthday following his brilliant strike before half time.

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