ZIDANE ON THE BRINK OF ELIMINATION

Dec, 2nd 2020 – Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane says he is “not going to resign” even after a 2-0  defeat by Shakhtar Donetsk which has left his side’s hopes of reaching the Champions League last 16 in the balance. 

He said, “I am not going to resign, not at all. We are always going to have difficult moments, and we are on a bad run, but we need to keep going,” added the Frenchman, whose side suffered a shock 2-1 defeat by Alaves in La Liga on Saturday.”

The 13-time European champions are third in Group B, with all four sides still able to qualify in next week’s final round of matches. Real must beat leaders Borussia Monchengladbach to guarantee progress.

With their two defeats to Shakhtar, Madrid has lost as many group games in this season’s competition as they did under Zidanes’s leadership in the 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2019-20 campaigns combined.

Zinedine said, “I have the strength needed to turn the situation around and I am going to give everything to do that. So are the players. We played well and we deserved more. We just need to lift our heads up and think about the next game.”

Speaking to the media, he said, “We’ve had tricky moments and we’re always going to have them. We’re on a bad run of results – there’s no getting away from that. But we have to keep on going. This was a cup final, we prepared for it very well, and put in a good first-half display. We know that we have another game to go that we have to win. There are always tricky moments at this club.

In the same group Romelu Lukaku scored twice as Inter Milan beat Borrusia Monchengladbach 3-2 to set up a grand finale for the last 16.

Real Madrid’s next game will be on Wednesday at 2300 hours against Monchengladbach who are at the top of the list in the group.

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