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Sport Zidane admits Real 'lacked confidence' after Shakhtar defeat

00:31  22 october  2020
00:31  22 october  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Zinedine Zidane took over an hour to appear in his post-match press conference after his team's humbling at the hands of Shakhtar Donetsk and he 'We lacked the confidence to start the game as we know how,' he said. 'In the first half I did not see the team I wanted to see and that is my fault.'

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane let his guard down and took responsibility for “a bad night” as Ukrainian Champions Shakhtar Donetsk shocked Madrid. Zidane who is widely regarded as one of In the absence of Sergio Ramos, Los Blancos defense lacked the depth while Raphael Varane goal

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Zinedine Zidane took over an hour to appear in his post-match press conference after his team's humbling at the hands of Shakhtar Donetsk and he then made the shock admission: 'We lacked confidence.'

The 13-times Champions League winners were without long term injury Eden Hazard and Zidane had left Karim Benzema on the bench but his team still full of internationals and included serial European Cup winners.

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

a man wearing a suit and tie: Zinedine Zidane admitted that his Real Madrid side lacked confidence after Shakhtar defeat © Provided by Daily Mail Zinedine Zidane admitted that his Real Madrid side lacked confidence after Shakhtar defeat a group of football players on a field: Manor Solomon celebrates putting Shakhtar 3-0 up on Wednesday night in Madrid © Provided by Daily Mail Manor Solomon celebrates putting Shakhtar 3-0 up on Wednesday night in Madrid

Real Madrid take on Barcelona on Saturday at the Camp Nou having now lost to newly promoted Cadiz and group outsiders Shakhtar.

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Real Madrid suffered a second home defeat in five days as they slumped to a shock loss against Champions League opponents ravaged by players ruled out by Zinedine Zidane could only look on as Real Madrid were beaten by Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League © Juan Medina / Reuters.

Zinedine Zidane admitted his job was back on the line after a third division team with only ten men dumped his Real Madrid side out of the Spanish Cup at the last-32 stage. ‘There is always talk whenever we lose,’ said Zidane after the 2-1 cup humiliation.


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'I have to find the solutions that will make us be strong again and get back to winning,' added Zidane.

The coach's surprising remarks regarding a lack of belief echoed those of Luka Modric.

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He said: 'We were not at the level required for this competition. The manager has said to us that we have to press more effectively. 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.'

Asked if his team had failed to show the right attitude Zidane said: 'We lacked a bit of everything but confidence is the most important thing.'

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